According to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Americans walk much less than Australians, Asians and Europeans.
While most experts agree that fit people take an average of 10,000 steps per day, American adults were found to take just half that amount.
If you're constantly fighting off the desire to be a couch potato, it's time to brainstorm some ways to build more activity into your daily routine.
And you don't have to travel abroad to do so. Just follow these simple tips:
1. Commit to walking more. You don't have to join a health club, sign up for a fitness walk or incur the services of a personal trainer to start walking more and burning more calories. Just put one foot in front of the other and tell yourself that doing something (anything!) is better than doing nothing. It's really a mindset to tell yourself to start looking for opportunities to take more steps morning, noon and night.
2. Act like a tourist. When touring a new city here in the U.S. or abroad, you may find yourself walking more because you don't have a car and want to take in all of the sights and sounds of your surroundings. When you have some leisure time on the weekends or after work, try to adopt the same mindset and act like a tourist in your own town. Walk to a local store, hike in a nearby park or take your dog for a longer walk in your community.
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3. Step up to your chores. When doing chores or running errands around town, think about ways you can add in steps there, too. Vacuuming, dusting and carrying laundry up and down stairs can tidy your home and burn calories at the same time. Park your car further away at the grocery store or mall and ditch the drive through in favor of going into a building instead. "Treat" yourself with a 20 minute brisk walk in the midst of doing errands as a quick stress reducer and energy booster.
4. Buddy up. Finding yourself a walking buddy will help you be accountable to someone other than yourself. Whether it's a work colleague, a neighbor, family member or your trusted pet dog, picking the right buddy will help you stay on track. The right buddy can challenge you to walk more often or for longer duration and can make the time go quickly. Take time to look seriously at the potential walking buddies in your life and reach out to one today.
Hopefully these four tips will help you walk more in an effort to fight a sedentary lifestyle and supplement your current fitness program.