We think that walking doesn't get the respect it deserves, either for its health benefits, its value for transportation, or its role in recreation and mental health.

Your challenge this week is to get walking, and aim to increase your usual step count by 10%.

Walking has it all -- Simple and natural, it doesn't require any instruction or skill. It can be a very modest form of exercise or it can demand enough skill and intensity to be an Olympic sport. You can walk alone for solitude or with friends for companionship. You can walk indoors on a treadmill or outside in the city or country, at home or away. You can get all the benefits of moderate exercise with a very low risk of injury. And to boot, walking is inexpensive!

 

There are so many ways to increase your daily steps - here are some ideas to get you moving:

  1. Park as far from the entrance as you can!

  2. Avoid people movers -- Elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks -- they're all devices designed specifically to reduce the number of steps you have to take, so stop using them!

  3. Pace. Some of your best thinking is done on your feet when your blood is flowing, so get out of the chair and pace!

  4. Walk to nearby establishments.

  5. Take the 'scenic' route when you walk. That convenience store might be a few blocks away, but you don't have to take the shortest route from point A to point B if you can follow the scenic route that goes through a park.

  6. If your home or work has multiple bathrooms, use the bathroom that's the farthest away. (Drink plenty of water and you'll make the journey a lot more often!)

  7. Walk in place while you're watching a movie or the television. Be sure to capture that up-and-down motion during your in-place walking to make sure your pedometer counts the effort!

Ready, set, walk -- And be sure to update the community with how you’re doing!

 

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” -- Thomas Jefferson