How to easily do 10,000 steps a day

Tuesday 2 February 2021

I would like to help a few people at least do their 10,000 steps a day. I know it has been a very hot topic and scientists been debating on the actual benefits of walking 10k a day or rather just investing your energy in a short brisk walk in the park. 

Their argument is that it is extremely hard to hit that 10k mark.
Not only that but Michael Mosley stated in an article for the BBC called " Forget walking 10,000 steps a day" 

Read the article HERE 

Well, I have to say that I could not disagree more! It is true that you will get the benefits of brisk walking in the park for 10 min. But the benefits of walking longer and reaching 10,000 or at least aiming for this number are greater.

In another BBC article, yet was stated that as per research conducted on a few thousand woman, the longer you walk helps with longevity. And when I say the longer you walk I mean more than 5,000 steps- at least 7,500, but ideally really 10,000.

Read the article HERE 

This number doesn't not only helps your longevity but is essentially vital cardio that your heart needs.

So let's talk about the other benefits.
Below I have listed some of them for your reference.

The Benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day

boost your energy
aid relaxation and clear your mind
provide a sense of achievement and satisfaction
improve confidence and mood
help manage weight
promote healthier blood cholesterol and blood pressure
built stronger bones and muscles
reduce your risk of heart attack

All these sound good and worth enough for you to give it the effort?
I know the number by itself is scary enough and trust me I was intimidated too.
How I overcame my fear and just cracked at it for the sake of my health and mental wellbeing?

My main reason, I am not going to lie to you, was because I wanted to lose a few kilograms I gained over the lockdown. With less activity on a daily basis and eating out of boredom, I needed a goal, and my sister helped by giving me some of her workout secrets.

They were not so many secrets but a few helpful youtube tutorials, an app that tracks my calories and exercise so I stay motivated.  

Let's start with the app.

It is called LOSE IT! 
And I love it. I do not obsess about my calories but simply use it as a piece of general information.
I am not starving myself and have set up an achievable easy target to hit.

I suggest you consult your doctor and ask for a dietitian first if you have any underlying issues!

Again,  with any weight loss app out there, please do not obsess and use it as a piece of general information. Consider that any app on the market would not go into detail about your body type and would not be as precise as a personal dietitian.

Moving forward to the actual walking.

I started with getting myself a stepper ( eBay, Amazon, Argos- perfect places to get one).
It is a very good idea if you do not like walking or running in the rain.
So I use the stepper and do a 30 min aerobic stepper routine with the help of Youtube of course. 
I started with a beginner tutorial and I suggest you do too. I have never tried a stepper before and even if you are quite fit and exercise daily I would still recommend you go for a beginner to get the basic movements and tempo of the workout step routine.

Some days I would do 2 x 30 min stepper routines witch is 10,000 steps.
Other days I mix it with 30 min stepper routine + 30 min normal marching at-home tutorial for 30 min which is again 10,000 steps
And today for example I went for a walk in the nearest park for an hour ( time flew by though) which was 5,000 steps + 30 mins of the stepper routine and bam 10,000 steps

So with this in mind, you should not feel intimidated or scared. It is achievable and easily too. You only need to believe and have the persistence to stick with it.

We all brush our teeth every day and do other routine things, so I see no reason why you cannot incorporate this healthy routine should you want to of course. Nobody is forcing you.

I generally feel great after each workout, physically and mentally.

I hope you found this helpful and let me know in the comments below if you wish me to share some of my other workouts routines.


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