When pedometers and wearable fitness trackers gained popularity several years ago, the guideline to get 10,000 steps per day became widely known. Unfortunately, many people have the misconception that your body will be in good shape with no need for additional exercise or changes in diet if you reach this daily goal. But, there is some truth to it – getting more steps in each day will lead to improved health, and you’ve got to start with small, achievable goals.

Many Alaskans have a sedentary lifestyle due to work requirements and the digital age in which we all live. Most things can be done without having to get out of the house or the office. One way to combat this sedentary behavior is to walk, hence the 10,000 steps per day craze. If 10,000 sounds daunting, shoot for 5,000 to start. Once you start reaching that on a regular basis, up your goal by 1,000 as you gradually work your way towards 10,000. Here are some ideas to increase those step numbers:

  1. Don’t use the TV remote; change the channel the old-fashioned way by using the button on the TV itself (or if yours doesn’t have that, leave the remote next to the screen).
  2. Park at the furthest spot away from the building entrance in every parking lot you visit.
  3. Take your dog for two walks a day instead of one.
  4. Jumble up your grocery list so you’ll have to walk around the store more.
  5. Set a timer on your watch for the 55th minute of every hour and get up and walk around where ever you may be for those last five minutes during the day.

Do you have any idea on how many steps you take daily? Get an inexpensive pedometer and feed that curiosity. Stretch those legs and get them moving. 10,000 is a big number but it’s not impossible.

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More Ways to Get 10,000 Steps Daily

  1. Get a pedometer, FitBit, Garmin or other wearable fitness tracker.
  2. Pace while making a phone call, brushing your teeth, or waiting for someone.
  3. Take the stairs.
  4. Take a bathroom break in the restroom that is further away from your desk.
  5. Walk when on a break at work.
  6. Instead of emailing or texting a coworker, walk over to his/her desk for a face-to-face conversation.

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