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✨ IT’S A MAGIC NUMBER ✨
We’re all recommended to aim for around 10,000 steps a day, slightly higher for children. This is so we can make sure that we aren’t spending our days sedentary, getting movement throughout the day and aim to increase our general fitness. For the numbers buffs around, this is about 500kcals of burnt energy - however this is TOTALLY dependant on the type of and intensity of your exercise, meaning the number could actually be more or less.
So, the benefits of being active? I bet you’re sick of hearing them by now, but why don’t I just highlight the importance one more time? Reduced risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes? Preventing muscle wastage and promoting gain? Helps control your weight? Improves your bone strength? Improving your sleep? Do I go on.... I think you get the picture, being active has wonderful effects on our health.
I understand however that 10,000 can be either an easily surpassable target or a goal that feel impossible to reach. And trust me, I feel ya. Previously when I was waitressing, living in the city and going out for regular walks and exercise, I’d often get between 15,000-20,000. However, now I’m doing much less running about and slipping on mash potato and much more standing and sitting. I commute 45 minutes each way to work in the car. I’m too tired to exercise. My step count now averages at 7,000 - and I’m finding it hard to reach the magic 10.
However, even when the gym is daunting and you spend your days sitting down, there IS ways to get active. Simple ways to incorporate into your lifestyle. Taking the stairs. Walking faster. Walking to the shops over driving. Even housework and taking the bins out - they’re all steps and movement. I’ve started parking on the new car park further away from work and I’m now adding an extra 500 steps onto my day from just one little change! .
If you struggle like me, Tips like the ones above are so simple and easy to include in your day. If you’ve never seen it before, definitely search for “23 and a half hours” by Dr Mike Evans on YouTube. It puts it all simply and nicely and definitely gets you thinking - exactly what we want! 🧠🙌🏼