It’s no secret that the more steps you take in a day, the healthier you are. Many people assume that they need to run as many steps as they can in order to stay fit. But is this really true? Are there specific types of activities that give you the most steps per day? Let’s find out! Taking more steps than others doesn’t necessarily make you healthier. In fact, it might not be worth tracking at all if your activity levels are low. When taken individually, each step might not seem like much, but collectively these small actions add up to a lot. Each day we move about four or five times our body weight from foot to foot, which is equivalent to about 20-25 steps. Therefore, if you take a lower number of steps in a day, it won’t automatically make you unhealthy either. However, if you don’t increase your daily step count gradually—you will become unhealthy faster than necessary. Here are some things you should keep in mind if your goal is to take more frequent steps:
Start small and build up
To start and build up to a healthier step count, you need to start small. One way to do this is by focusing on just one area of your day where you might be able to take more steps while also increasing the number of steps in other areas. For example, if you are most active during the day at work, try adding five more steps per hour instead of trying to add 10-15 extra steps in one sitting. You will burn the same amount of calories with either method, but it’s much easier to focus on just one area of your day and make incremental changes. The same goes for taking a long walk or bike ride. If you want to take even more steps than you already are, set your daily target from 300-400 additional steps and break that into smaller increments. This will help you avoid getting burnt out and will keep it interesting for yourself!
Find activities that motivate you
The most important thing you can do is find activities you enjoy doing. If your goal is to be able to walk more often, try different walking routes that are enjoyable to you. For example, if you like to listen to music while you walk, take a route with lots of places where you can stop and listen to your favorite tunes in between sets of steps.
Track your food intake for better results
This is the most important step of all. If you’re not tracking your food intake, you won’t know how many calories you’re eating and what your macronutrient profile looks like. The best way to track your food intake is to use an app or website that counts calories. When putting in the number of steps you take, make sure that you also input your caloric intake. By taking in fewer calories than are burned off with the number of steps, it will help balance out your daily activity levels more efficiently.
Track your weight more frequently if required
An important part of increasing your steps is monitoring your weight. If you are overweight, it’s important to control your weight by making and maintaining healthy lifestyle changes. If you need to lose weight, it’s a good idea to increase your steps daily until you reach your desired goal. In addition, many people use a pedometer or step tracker to monitor their progress as they walk more often.
Take a break after a while to reset your body
Many people assume that they need to run as many steps as they can in order to stay fit. But is this really true? It’s important to take breaks throughout the day; it can help your body get back in a good rhythm. If you’re not taking the time to reset your body, you might be doing more harm than good. Take time away from your usual routine to refresh yourself and get moving again at a later time. A break will also give you mental clarity and allow you to focus on other things like social media, family time, or work.
If you’re not in the mood to work out, try different things to get exercise throughout your day. If you’re still struggling to find a motivator, try focusing on the things that make you happy. If that doesn’t work, take a break every once in a while to reset your body and mind. Remember though, that the most important part of improving your health is…constancy. Never skip your planned walk more than twice. If you do, you will get the bad habit of skipping and postpone the progress in your healthier lifestyle.