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Super Creative Ways to Get 20K Every Day!
Well, you might be disappointed to find out that we are talking about 20K STEPS every day and not dollars, but your health is priceless, is it not?
How active is your lifestyle and how do you measure it?
For some people, getting to the gym or riding a bike or other types of exercise are next to impossible, or hard to find the time to do it more than once or twice per week. However, there is another way to get exercise, and that is simply by walking and no, you don’t have to clock miles or minutes on a treadmill! Simply walking every day is great exercise, especially if you use a pedometer to keep track of your “mileage.”
If you don’t have a pedometer, this is a great time to get one. Spring is around the corner and this will make walking easier than ever! You don’t have to spend a lot of money (unless you are a gadget lover and get a kick out of all those bells and whistles) a basic pedometer runs less than $10. Once you calibrate it (which is super easy), don’t make any special efforts to get exercise during the first few days, simply measure how many steps you are taking on an average day.
Once you know your average step count, check it against this chart:
- Less than 5,000 steps is considered to be a sedentary lifestyle
- 5,000 to 7,499 is slightly active
- 7,500 to 9,999 is somewhat active
- 10,000 to 12,499 is active
- 12,500 or more is highly active
No one needs to tell you the dangers of living a sedentary lifestyle or the benefits of exercise here. This is something you already know.
The trick here is to increase the amount of steps you take every day. No matter how active you are, you can always find room for improvement and every little bit of exercise counts! (Unless, of course, you are one of the few who are already taking more than 12,000 steps daily!)
Most health experts will tell you that 10,000 should be your goal, and if you aren’t there, then by all means, make your first goal 10K. Then perhaps over the next 6 months you should see if you can break 12K. After that, perhaps you want to try for 15K. Working towards a goal is always a great way to motivate yourself and get in a bit more exercise. For each goal you reach, be sure to award yourself accordingly. (Spa day? Fishing weekend?)
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