Sunday, May 15, 2016
Staying fit and active plays a significant role in leading a long and healthy life and reducing the risk of developing serious health concerns. However, many people can find exercise a daunting prospect or struggle to fit it into a busy lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to be that way with the 10,000 steps a day challenge.
Whilst 10,000 steps may sound like a huge number, you’d be surprised at how simple and easy this goal can be to achieve, by making some small changes to your everyday activities.
The 10k steps a day challenge is a health initiative geared towards getting the population more active and thus healthier. The NHS health guidelines recommend that everyone should do at least 150 minutes of exercise a week to stay fit and healthy, and walking can contribute to all or some of this.
By setting yourself the challenge of walking 10k steps a day, you can find a practical, fun and relaxing way of getting more active.
Walking is often overlooked as a form of exercise, but there are numerous benefits to walking, especially for those who are used to doing little or no exercise. Regular brisk walking can help build stamina, burn calories and give you a healthier heart.
One of the best things about walking is that it can be done anywhere, anytime and in any weather. It doesn’t matter if you walk around your home, the office, the park, get off the bus a stop early or walk the kids to school, all these steps will count towards your 10,000 steps a day.
For those who currently do little activity, walking is an excellent introduction to exercise, as it allows you to gradually build up your fitness levels and speed, whilst burning calories in the process. According to the NHS, a person aged 45, weighing 11 stone, can burn up to 400 calories a day by briskly walking 10,000 steps (3-5 mph).
Introducing exercise into your daily routine is one thing, but sticking to it can be the real challenge. Here're some tips on how to keep up with your 10,000 steps a day, so it will soon become a healthy habit.
Another walking initiative that can help with those 10,000 steps a day is the upcoming “Walk to School Week”, taking place on 16th – 20th May 2016 in the UK. Designed to get kids and their parent’s active, this initiative is a fantastic way to start as you mean to go on.
With over million pupils and their families set to take part this year, the Walk to School Week can make a real difference to your child’s happiness and health. Encouraging your children to be active and walk to school from an early age will ensure these healthy habits carry on into their adult life, and you can also join in and benefit from the exercise too.
Keeping track of your steps is easy, just invest in an inexpensive pedometer device that attaches to your waistband, belt or wrist and start walking. It will calculate how many steps you’re taking each day, allowing you to keep on target. Plus, with all the technology available nowadays, you can also choose to monitor your activity by installing a pedometer app on your mobile phone, which will help you keep track of every step you take.
The 10,000 steps a day challenge can be a fantastic way to get you and your family active and healthy. The small changes you make with walking more can have dramatic long-term effects and give you great pleasure too.