Walking has always been a healthy habit to have. Among other things, it is scientifically proven that getting enough steps in a day can reduce risk of heart disease, strengthen bones and muscles and alleviate several other health issues. As an exercise, it is also highly hassle-free, requiring no training or specialised equipment apart from a good pair of shoes. However, there can be situations where you’re facing difficulty in ensuring that you walk enough. Worry not, for we’re sharing some useful tips to get over that problem and keep your step counts high.

Before you start

If you don’t already have a goal for yourself when it comes to steps, 8000 steps is largely agreed to as a good place to start and has been scientifically proven to be healthy. While your smartphone does have the ability to function as a basic step tracker, it is always better to go for a dedicated pedometer or wearables device that can offer accurate results. Check out some great smartwatches and fitness bands that can do the job.

Walk the talk

While working from home, if you’ve been attending a lot of meetings and calls that don’t always require you to be in front of your laptop, then you can walk while you listen. Get yourself a Bluetooth headphone or a speaker, and start walking whenever you join a call. Do keep the meeting open and accessible on your laptop for you to join back whenever required.

Take a break

Set a timer to take a break every hour. While this also rests your eyes, gives you time to catch up with personal needs, it can also be a great way to divide up your step goal into smaller chunks that you achieve during each break.

Walk, don’t wait

When you’re doing something that requires you to wait for a while, like boiling water for tea, toasting bread for breakfast etc don’t stand around. Get in some extra steps while you’re at it.

Walk before work

Every morning, after making your bed and freshening up, before you get to work try and get in a few hundred steps. Not only will this bring you closer to your step goal but will also help improve blood circulation and help your mind work better during the day.

Walk outside – only if you can

If you have access to a private garden, or a route where you can ensure appropriate social distancing between you and other individuals, only then you can take your walks outside. Take adequate safety measures and stay indoors if you cannot ensure social distancing.

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