10 Ways to Sneak in Your Daily 10,000 Steps, No Matter How Busy You Are

When it comes to fitness, there is no one-exercise-fits-all routine that will magically help you reach your individual goals. Every body comes with specific needs and limitations of its own. However, the internet is as the internet does, and over the past few years, The Internet has dubbed 10,000 steps as a baseline goal most able-bodied adults should try to achieve on a daily basis.

Will walking 10,000 steps help you achieve sculpted abs or become an Olympic athlete? Probably not. But it will force you to be more active and keep you conscious of sedentary habits that could be preventing you from reaching your fitness goals.

Here are 10 tips and tricks anyone—even the most desk-bound, nine-to-fiver—could implement to reach those daily 10,000 steps.

10 Ways to Sneak in Your Daily 10k Steps, No Matter How Busy You Are

1. If you drive, take the parking spot furthest from the door.

Yes, it is gratifying to nab that perfect spot right next to the door, but every step counts.

2. Move for your meals.

Try forgoing your weekly delivery habit in favor of a new weekly takeout habit, instead. Same food, more steps. Bonus points if you can walk to your restaurant of choice.

3. Use the stairs.

No, this doesn’t mean walking up 26 flights of stairs, if that’s the floor you work on, but you could try getting off a few floors earlier and walking up as many flights as you’re comfortable conquering.

4. Take the inconvenient route.

Get your morning coffee from the café a block past work, rather than right outside of it, for instance. On your way back from lunch, take a lap around the building before heading inside.

5. Set an alarm for 15 minutes earlier.

Start your morning off with a leisurely walk to help you wake up.

6. Make a habit of taking a walk after eating a meal.

Not only will this up your step count, but it’s good for your digestion, too.

7. Talk to colleagues IRL instead of over e-mail.

Next time you start typing in Slack or drafting an e-mail, take a moment to consider whether it would be appropriate to communicate what you’re about to say in real life. If yes, take a stroll over to that colleague or client in the other room instead of interacting through interfaces.

8. Resolve to knock out a household chore every day.

Make Mondays your “sweep the living room” days; perhaps on Tuesdays, you dust your counters. Household chores and general tidying up will help keep you moving.

9. Shop for what you can in person.

Online shopping is hugely convenient, but for purchases that aren’t critical or timely, try to actually make it out to the store, rather than ordering it with the click of a button from your desk.

10. Use phonecalls as excuses to take a lap.

If you don’t need to be sitting when you’re talking to family, friends or business associates on the phone, then don’t! Catch up with your people while walking around the block or even through a quiet hallway—just try not to let your conversation interfere with someone else’s workflow.

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46 comments

Jack Y
Jack Y2 months ago

thanks

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Jack Y
Jack Y2 months ago

thanks

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John J
John J2 months ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J2 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Christine D
Christine D2 months ago

I don't count steps but these are great tips for every day living.

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Val P
Val P2 months ago

interesting

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hELEN h
hELEN h2 months ago

tyfs

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Tanya W
Tanya W2 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Richard E Cooley
Richard E Cooley2 months ago

Thank you.

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Feryal Cubukcu Can
Feryal Cubukcu Can2 months ago

It is especially important to walk when you are pregnant. Exercise makes it easier to give birth.

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