Humans were built to move frequently throughout the day, not just cramming all our movement into a 30–60-minute exercise session. In addition to a regular exercise routine, you should have a daily step goal. Averaging 8,000-12,000 steps per day is associated with a lower risk for all-cause mortality (per CDC). It is also a safe and effective activity to maintain cardiovascular health.
Your step goal does not have to start with the recommended 8,000-12,000 steps per day. It can be below or above depending on your current activity levels. Set a step goal that is realistic if you do not average 8,000+ per day and try to gradually increase that goal.
Tips to get more steps:
- Crummy weather? Go to a mall or store to take your power walks
- Utilize taking the stairs instead of elevators or escalators
- Park your car in the back of the parking lot so you must walk further to your desired location
- Set reminders for when you’ve been sitting for more than 30-60 minutes to stand up and take a short walk
- Strive to take 10–30-minute power walks throughout the day – Dogs make great walking companions!