Walking is a fantastic way of starting to get fit.  Research shows that walking 6,000 steps every day can have huge benefits, especially for people over 60.

To begin you don’t need to ‘go out walking’.  Just get a pedometer and count the number of steps you do in your everyday life.  That’s why I’ve started the 6K DAILY STEPS CHALLENGE.

Once you can do 6,000 steps easily you may want to increase the number and incorporate other types of exercise into your routine.  

Here are some suggestions for ways to increase the number of steps you do each day.

  • Park as far away from the supermarket doors as possible.  Nobody else wants to park there so you’ll have less difficulty finding a parking space.  Unless, of course, the spaces are filled with other people doing the 6KDAILY STEPS CHALLENGE.
  • Walk to the shops/supermarket if you can.
  • If you use public transport consider walking to the next bus stop.  I find it easier to do this at the beginning of a journey, rather than getting off early.
  • You may feel like a bit of a twit, but get up and walk on the spot whilst watching telly.  I tried it during the adverts but it is much easier if you are watching something which interests you.
  • If you are on the phone, walk about when talking.
  • If you have a sedentary job try and do a few steps hourly.  Just to keep your joints mobile and get your step count up.
  • Go for a walk at lunch time.  Doesn’t have to be long.  Ten minutes that makes you a bit puffed is good.
  • Everybody knows you should take the stairs and not the lift.  Daunting if your meeting is on 6th floor.  Take stairs up to next floor and then take lift.  Start small.

I’m sure you can think of lots more examples.  If you want to share, please email and I will include them here.

Happy walking

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