According to the U.S. Surgeon General, most Americans should log 10,000 steps per day to reduce the risk of disease and help lead a healthy, productive life. Consider using a pedometer, a device used to track how many steps you take.
Take Steps to a Healthier You:
Use these stair-use recommendations to help reach your daily 10,000 step goal:
When you need to use the restroom at work, walk the stairs to another floor to do so.
While at work, at the shopping mall or other public buildings, consider taking the stairs instead of riding the escalator or taking the elevator.
If you’re physically able, always take the stairs when traveling only three floors or less.
You can also help the environment by taking the stairs versus using the elevator or escalator. Teach this eco-friendly lesson to your kids too!
If you are traveling several floors up or down and cannot physically take the stairs the entire way, consider getting off the elevator one or two floors early and take the stairs the rest of the way. Huffing and puffing up the stairs will build your cardiovascular health, while also toning your leg muscles. Consider implementing stair-use into your routine while you’re out and about, and burn a few calories in the process!
Don’t try to get your 10,000 steps in one activity. Not only is this a daunting task, but it is not as effective. By breaking up your step goal into smaller chunks, you will be more motivated to meet your goal and you will be burning calories throughout the day.