Work and Wellbeing 30 April 2018

How to reach 10, 000 steps a day: 10 time-effective activities for office workers

Setting a reminder to get up from your desk and walk around the office every hour could also boost your step count
If you’re into health and wellbeing, you’ve no doubt come across the argument for the positive benefits of walking 10, 000 steps a day. With the increasing popularity of wearable fitness trackers, it’s a concept that’s as relevant as ever.

However, with many employers working in sedentary jobs, it can be a struggle to hit this goal. With business owners in mind, the?wellbeing experts at CABAare here with some pointers on how to achieve those 10, 000 steps a day.

10, 000 where does this magic number come from?

it’s believed the notion of 10, 000 steps started in Japan, in the run up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. With the population gripped by Olympics fever, pedometers devices that count how many steps you take became very popular, as the health-conscious Japanese people started keeping track of their activity levels.

One Japanese pedometer manufacturer came out with a device called?manpo-kei?? meaning 10, 000 steps. The idea took off and 10, 000 steps became the standard for daily fitness, not just in Japan but around the world.

Most of us arent reaching anywhere near 10, 000 steps a day the equivalent to approximately five miles. According to the NHS, the average British person walks between 3, 000 and 4, 000 steps a day.

While there’s no need to pressure yourself to achieve the full 10, 000 steps, it’s a good goal to work towards. After all, studies have recognised the?health benefits, ‘such as lower blood pressure, better blood glucose levels and improved mood.

Start slowly

If you’re new to exercise, 10, 000 steps may seem an insurmountable challenge to begin with, so you may want to build up your fitness gradually. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to aim for, say, 4, 000 steps a day to begin with, then add 1, 000 extra steps every few weeks until you reach the magic 10, 000.

Boost step count at work

If you’re a busy professional, you may be wondering where you’re going to find the time to put in five miles of walking a day especially with so many of us in sedentary roles.

Look for?opportunities to move; if you live close to your office, walk to work. Take the stairs, instead of the lift. Make an effort to walk over to speak with colleagues, rather than email. Or why not use a kitchen on another floor to make a tea round?

Simply setting a reminder to get up from your desk and walk around the office every hour could also boost your step count and ensure you’re not sitting at your desk for long periods of time.

Integrate exercise into work tasks. Walking meetings are a chance to step away from your desk, have a succinct conversation and rack up steps. Fresh air and a change of scenery may inspire new ideas.


 
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