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Easy ways to reach 10,000 steps a day

By Sangeeta Kocharekar September 7, 2016
STREET STYLE

Think 10,000 steps a day is impossible? We asked Tiffiny Hall how to achieve it, and it's not actually as tricky as we thought.

Tiffiny Hall, Steptember 2016 Ambassador and Australia’s Biggest Loser star, is sharing her top tips on how to get active and reach your 10,000 daily steps target.

While 10,000 steps each day sounds like a lot, there are more than 40 different activities that we can use to reach the goal. There’s something for everyone regardless of physical ability, interests or working status. So whether you work in an office full-time or are a stay-at-home mum, Tiff's top tips can inspire you to get moving.

TIFFINY HALL

1. Marching dishes 

A few nights a week, give the dishwasher a night off and wash the dishes yourself – and while you wash up, march on the spot to increase your daily step count.

2. Letterbox laps

Call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while and while you catch up, walk laps from the back of your house out to the letterbox and back. A 15-minute phone catch-up will really clock up your steps.

3. Active ad breaks

While watching your favourite show on the TV, stand up at every ad break and walk laps around the kitchen or dining table.

4. Take a lunch walk

Every once in a while, take a proper 30-minute or one-hour lunch break at work and go for a walk around your local area.

5. Consider fun exercise alternatives

If you don’t like walking or running, there are lots of ways to achieve the same level of activity. The Steptember site gives a guide to the equivalent steps for over 40 activities, including yoga, swimming… even lawn bowls!

6. Take up an activity with friends

Rather than catching up over dinner or drinks, arrange to meet your friends at an activity. An hour can equate to nearly 5000 steps in a game of tennis or round of golf, 6000 steps playing boccia, or over 4000 steps doing tai chi.

7. Return your shopping trolley correctly

Return your shopping trolley back to the front of the supermarket instead of dumping it in the car park.

8. If it’s raining, don’t give up

Go walking in a shopping centre. Many shopping centres have fantastic morning walking groups before the centres open. It’s a really safe and fun way to meet new people and get your steps in.

9. Mobile catch-ups

Instead of catching up with friends for coffee, catch up with friends for a walk. Yep, it's all about the walk and talk.

10. Movement meetings 

Suggest to your boss to take a movement meeting where, instead of meeting in the office or boardroom, you take a walk together to discuss work.

12. Always, always take the stairs

Forget the escalators and take the stairs.

13. Increase your commute distance

Get off public transport one stop before your usual stop and walk the rest of the way to work.

14. Explore your surroundings

Walk every street in your neighbourhood, ticking them all off.

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