Cracking 10,000 steps per day can be a real struggle! However, when you look at the benefits it’s hard not to get up from your desk and take a stroll around the block, or walk a few extra flights of stairs in the morning. Not only does regular moderate exercise increase dopamine, it decreases the occurrence of heart disease and increases your Vitamin D intake. It’s also completely free!
The recommended step count equates to roughly 8km per day, but incidental contributions and small changes can really ramp up your numbers. One easy thing to implement is to walk over to a colleague’s desk instead of sending an email. Or get off the train/bus/tram a stop or two early. Listening to podcasts and music on your lunch break while going for a quick walk can really recharge your batteries for a more productive afternoon as well – does anyone else ‘Walk this Way’?
An interesting point that walkers are notorious for overlooking is when to replace your shoes? It turns out ‘when they start falling apart’ is not the correct answer. Studies have shown that the typical athletic shoe is only built to last about 550-800kms. If you are walking 30 minutes a day, or an average of 3 to 4 hours a week, it is recommended you replace your shoes every six months. If you are walking an hour a day or an average of 7 hours a week, the recommendation is to replace your shoes every three months.
Let’s try and remove some of the blockers that might be holding you back from making tomorrow the day you start actively being a healthier you – why not try some of these new breakfast ideas? Some of them can even be made the night before. How easy would it be to grab a delicious healthy brekky to help start your day on the right foot? Avocado toast with a boiled egg takes moments to throw together and will keep you full for ages.
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