the benefits of 2000 extra steps a day

For those of us driven indoors when the winter is too harsh, we need to think ‘outside the snow and ice box’ to find alternative ways to get our steps in.

Keeping in mind, just 2000 extra steps a day…

– can prevent winter weight gain. ( if calorie consumption holds steady)

– reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke by 8%.

– benefits people with pre-diabetic conditions.

– is about 1 mile, easily accomplished in 20 – 30 minutes, and can be broken up into bouts of 10 minutes.

How to do it? Here are a few suggestions…

  • Take a short walk indoors – get some water from the sink, make a cup of tea, vacuum or sweep. Try not to sit longer than 45 minutes at a time.
  • Use the stairs…more.
  • Get up to change the channel or pause between episodes when viewing TV. (For the binge watchers out there.)
  • Turn up some music and take a dance break.
  • Go shopping in a mall or really big warehouse store.
  • Walk around work more.
  • Plan a walking meeting.
  • Walk over to visit a neighbor.
  • Walk to a lunch area instead of eating at a desk.

What ideas do you have?

Track your steps using your phone equipped with an activity tracker or step app, use a pedometer, fitbit, nike+ fuel app, jawbone, or sport watch. Or, simply time yourself.

So many ways and so many options!

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