Everyone is different
Unconsciously, we take many steps in a day. Up and down the stairs, room-to-room or just a walk to the store around the corner. Every step counts and makes a difference. But if you want to find out how many steps you should take each day, it is important to know that it depends on several factors. Age, gender, weight, height and current health status are decisive. Everyone is different! The starting point may be where you are now and where you want to go. What do you need and what makes you feel good?
Benefits of daily walks
Taking daily walks can help reduce the risk of certain health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. You will get outside, take in your surroundings and get a chance to focus on nature. Walking gives you energy and even improves your physical condition and creativity. You also tend to feel more productive after a walk; a stroll during lunch break probably rises on your priority list as a result. And rightfully so!
10,000 steps a day
We encourage you to get in motion. Many people immediately associate exercise with sports, but by taking more steps and walking more often you are already enjoying the positive effects. Pedometers have been developed to track daily steps, but you can also be more conscious about your behavior. From setting an alarm clock every hour to take a short walk to taking a daily walk around the neighborhood. And those 10,000 steps a day? It is a hype, but at the same time it provides an incentive to move more than you probably do now. Ask yourself if this number is realistic for your situation. Does it turn out to be very ambitious after all? Then agree a healthy goal with yourself by, for example, taking a walk every day. It sounds simple, but keeping up is not always easy.
Turn walking into a habit
How do you get to exercise (again)? By asking yourself why you remain sitting down in the first place. Walking is a wonderful habit that makes you instantly enjoy the advantages. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk in front of the TV while watching or take a nice walk after lunch. You will catch some sun and take extra steps in a day. Even drinking more water contributes to the goal of moving more. If you fill your water bottle regularly with water, then you already have a double walk to take; to the kitchen and you also have to go to the toilet more often. It takes self-discipline to actually get more exercise, but it energizes, boosts your health and makes you feel fulfilled. You can do it!