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5 Ways to Get More Daily Steps

Easy Ways to Get Moving Throughout Your Day Without Realizing It
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We’ve all heard the benchmark we need to hit: 10,000 steps per day. And that’s definitely a smart goal to have; according to the CDC, adults need 150 minutes per day of moderate aerobic activity.  That translates to at least 7,000-8,000 steps per day, and I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get anywhere near that, and I really need to increase my average daily steps. 

Working from home—and well basically working behind a computer in general—isn’t helping me reach my daily goal.  So I’ve been on a mission lately (just ask all of my friends) to increase my average daily steps. I may be a little bit late to the game after the FitBit craze a few years ago, and right now I rely on my handy iHealth app on my phone (though it’s definitely not as cool). With all of the amazing FitBit designs these days, and my recent obsession with my step count, I’m tempted to buy this one soon. 

In an effort to increase my average daily steps, I’ve adopted a few simple habits in my daily routine on top of my daily workouts, which you’ll find in the slideshow above. These easy changes have a) opened my eyes to how much more I should be moving, b) have entertained me while I keep track of my activity (I’m a data nerd) and c) have helped me feel stronger and more energetic throughout my day.  Win-win-win.  Tell me, how do you fit more activity in your day to increase your own average daily steps?  Cheers, Kat

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Pace while you brew

Pace while you brew

You know how slow those few minutes seem to roll by when you're waiting on your morning cup of coffee? Use this time as a chance to pace around the place. You'll hit at least a few hundred steps in the meantime.

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VIA PARK & CUBE
SNEAK AWAY FOR LUNCH

SNEAK AWAY FOR LUNCH

Whether you can take your full lunch break or grab a quick bite to bring back to your desk, it's crucial to use this as a chance to get up and move around.

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VIA THE SARTORIALIST
PARK FARTHER AWAY

PARK FARTHER AWAY

Forget trying to find the best parking spot in the grocery store's parking lot. Instead, park farther away, allowing yourself to walk more steps to get to where you want to be.

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TAKE CALLS ON THE GO

TAKE CALLS ON THE GO

Make the habit of taking calls on the go and try to schedule meetings when you can get up and walk alongside each other. Added bonus: the positive energy from the endorphins may just be what your calls and meetings have been missing!

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VIA A LOVE IS BLIND
Schedule It!

Schedule It!

Getting up and moving seems easy, but sometimes we simply don't give ourselves the time to do so. If you're still scraping for chances to get your steps in, consider scheduling reminders on your calendar.

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