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How to work more steps into your day
Monday, 3 August · 2 min read

Walking is good for you, especially if you do it regularly. It improves stamina and circulation, strengthens your muscles and joints, helps you sleep better and can boost your mood.

It can also help you maintain a healthy weight — a 30-minute brisk walk can burn 200 calories.

But you don’t have to go on long walks, as any walking counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week. There are even apps that reward you with points if you achieve a certain number of steps a day.

If you want to work more steps into your daily routine, here are some simple ways to do it:

  • if you take a morning bath, walk on the spot while you wait for the water to run
  • when you make your next phone call, get up and pace around instead of staying at your desk or on the couch
  • take the stairs or walk up the escalators
  • set aside 15 minutes to walk during your lunch break — preferably outdoors
  • get out of a bus or taxi before you need to and walk the rest of the way
  • walk while you’re waiting for people — if not everyone’s as punctual as you, make the most of that time
  • park at the other end of the car park from where you need to be (unless you have heavy shopping bags to carry)
  • arrange a walking date with friends
  • take a post-dinner stroll — if you’ve just eaten, take a slower walk

We’ve also got a range of tips on how to keep this going even when you feel too tired to exercise.

Quote of the day

Walking is the best possible exercise.

Thomas Jefferson

How to make walking more fun (and comfortable)