Have you ever heard someone say that a sedentary lifestyle is equivalent to cigarettes for today’s generation? We might have wised up to the dangers of smoking, but our nearly 24/7 addiction to electronics, especially during the winter months, takes a toll of its own.
Luckily spring, with its blue skies and warming sunshine, offers the perfect opportunity to reverse the trend. In short, it’s time to get out there and get walking—still one of the greatest exercises around. Here’s some more good news: You don’t have to zone in on 10,000 steps a day to make a difference.
So pull on a comfortable pair of shoes, warm up with a few stretches and step out. Here are a few tips for working more walk into your routine.
- Find out where you are right now by counting how many steps you take in an average day, then look for ways to increase that number by 500. Maybe this is when you start parking at the farthest corner of the parking lot, whether at work or while out shopping. Enlist the family and head out for a walk after dinner. Find a walking buddy and do a friend a favor, encouraging each other along the way.
- Work little pockets of activity into your day. At least once an hour, get up and walk around. Set a timer, if needed, to break the hypnotic hold of the computer screen. Have you ever started a project in the morning, only to realize later that hours have passed without notice? This isn’t good for your health.
- Find additional structure. Walking videos are available in which a trainer leads you through a variety of paces and motions. If that’s what works for you, go for it. Your body will thank you, and it will repay your efforts with good health.