We all know the benefits of frequently moving throughout the day.
Every day, we see hundreds of people walking, we as humans are built and designed to walk, it’s one of our best features as we can go on and on for long periods of time compared to most other species in the world.
It’s one of the best lowest-hanging fruits for an overall better quality of physical and mental health. In theory, it seems so simple and easy, but the part that people tend to struggle with the most is putting it into action in increase step count.
One of the easiest ways to increase step count is to plan it around an existing habit that we already do. The author of the book ‘Atomic Habits’, ‘James Clear’ calls this Habit stacking. So, The best way to build the habit of getting in more steps is to identify a current habit you already do each day and then stack the habit of walking on top, let’s look at some examples:
- Add in a 10 minute after having breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Walk between rest periods while working out
- Go an extra lap around the park when you walk your pet to increase your step count.
- Park your car further away when going to the shops, work, to pick up your kids from school
- Add in 1 long walk during the week. (This will get you up to 8-10k steps knowing and seeing that you have walked what you would get in the span of 2-4 days can be quite motivating)
- Stand up and walk while chatting on the phone
Remember, this doesn’t just apply to steps, but to everything and anything else you want to do more and more consistently. And keep the increased step count.