10 Ways To Get !walking
By Shannon Wagner, Marketing and Community Engagement
We all know that walking regularly would give us dozens of health benefits—reduced blood pressure and bad cholesterol, metabolism boost, and improved mood, just to name a few.
But when your day is jam-packed with juggling work, family, friends, and personal projects, how can you fit in time for walking? We took a moment to brainstorm and came up with 10 easy ways to incorporate !walking into your day:
- Park farther away from the store or office. If you’re headed to the mall, park on the opposite side of the store you’re visiting.
- Have some light errands to run? Leave the car keys at home, and knock out your to-do list while getting some fresh air and exercise.
- Get off the elevator a floor or two before your destination and take the stairs the rest of the way.
- Get off the bus a stop before yours.
- Create a lunchtime walk group and save 10-15 minutes of your break for walking. If you’re a stay-at-home parent, take the kids for a quick walk around lunch time.
- Get up 10-15 minutes earlier and go for a brisk walk around the block. (This will also give you a good boost to get through the morning.)
- If you work in an office, use a restroom that’s on a different floor or on the other side of the building.
- If you have younger kids, walk with them to or from school, or both.
- Invest in a pedometer – seeing the digits go up with every step can be a motivation to walk farther.
- When on the phone with a friend or family member, take a walk around your neighborhood instead of sitting down.
Ready to make !walking part of your daily routine? Check out this article from The Greatist about how to balance a busy lifestyle. And once you hang up your sneakers for the night, check in your feats and tell us what you did!