Maintaining a regular exercise schedule is daunting for many people. However, did you know that you may be able to significantly boost your fitness level through less formal activity? For instance, new research shows that simply increasing the number of steps you take each day can dramatically improve health — especially if those steps involve climbing stairs.
Simple ways to take more steps:
- Rather than wasting gas circling for a parking spot close to your destination, always park your car a few blocks away, or in the farthest side on the lot.
- Walk to work or walk your children to school whenever possible.
- Start a lunchtime walking club at work.
- Opt for the stairs over the elevator or escalator whenever possible
- If you are a frequent flier, get in the habit of walking around the terminal during layovers.
- Take up the popular European practice of evening promenades.
- Ask your friends to meet you for a walk instead of a drink or meal.
- Choose to live in a city centre if possible. Evidence shows that people who live in cities tend to walk more.
- If your destination is too far to walk, use public transportation rather than drive. Public transportation typically requires some walking from your bus stop or subway station to your destination.
- Wear a pedometer and challenge your friends and family members to see who can cover the most steps each week.
Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Educator