The National Library of Medicine states that walking 10,000 steps per day comes with numerous mental health benefits. This amount of exercise throughout the day can help with conditions like anxiety and depression. Not only that, but walking 10,000 steps per day, or close to that amount, can also reduce your risk of Heart disease and diabetes.
Now, we know what you may be thinking: Who has the time to get in 10,000 steps per day, especially with work commitments and other obligations? We know that life gets hectic, but we still think it’s worth your while. Feet First Clinic is happy to promote physical activity, especially now that summer is here. So, we’ve come up with some hacks for reaching 10,000 steps per day. Most of these are simple changes you can make during the day.
Note: If you have health concerns, it might be wise to consult with a Toronto foot specialist before embarking on your 10,000 steps per day goal. They can set you up with success and make sure your feet stay healthy.
Tips for achieving 10,000 steps per day:
- Wear the right shoes
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Taking transit? Get off one stop early
- Take the long route
- Use an app on your phone
- Walk instead of driving
- Park further away from your destination
Wear the Right Shoes
Wearing the right shoes will ensure you can walk comfortably and for long periods. If you’re currently sporting uncomfortable shoes, you will start experiencing foot pain before you reach your goal of 10,000 steps per day. Orthopaedic shoes, shoe stretching, custom orthotics and shoe fittings are all services provided by a licensed Chiropodist worth looking into. You can also check out The Best Shoes for Your Everyday and The Best Spring Footwear for Women for even more info!
Take the Stairs Instead of the Elevator
Do you live in a Toronto condo or apartment building? If you find yourself falling shy of getting 10,000 steps per day in, you can start taking the stairs instead of the elevator. If you live on a floor closer to the top of the building, you can get a good amount of steps in this way! It’s a great way to exercise a little without it taking up any extra time.
Taking Transit? Get off one Stop Early
If you usually take Toronto transit, try getting off one stop earlier than you normally would. You can easily get in a couple thousand more steps this way. The subway, buses and streetcars are always running behind anyway! You can do your body some good and not have to put up with delays or crowds. Again, you have to make sure you’re wearing the right footwear to make your extra walking more comfortable. Ill-fitting shoes can cause foot pain, blisters, plantar fasciitis, and more.
Take the Long Route
If you like to walk home from work or school, but usually take the fastest route, you can try switching things up and taking a longer route! This will help you get more steps and get you closer to the 10,000 step daily goals.
Use an App on Your Phone
There are several apps for iPhone and Android users that can track how many steps you’re walking. There are even apps out there that come with perks and will reward you for walking 10,000 steps per day! If you don’t want to install yet another app on your phone, there are built-in health apps for iPhone and Android users that you can consult daily.
Walk Instead of Driving
We all know downtown traffic can be a pain. Also, driving all the time can make us late, make us sedentary, and it can take far too much time to find a decent parking spot. You can kill two birds with one stone by avoiding it altogether and walking where you need to be instead. We understand you probably want to rely on your car during the winter, but in the spring and summer, you should be moving and taking more walks!
Park Further Away From Your Destination
This is a great trick for getting in your last few steps before reaching 10,000. If you’re just shy of 10,000 steps on any given day, try parking further away than you normally would. You’d be surprised how many steps you can get in by parking further down the street, across a parking lot, or even on a different street than you normally would. You’ll have to walk to your destination, and then back to your car, which could easily get you to 10,000.
Looking to Walk More? Don’t Forget Foot Care!
If you would like more advice about walking every day, we’re here for you. Our team is trained to handle all of your foot health concerns. From mild, to critical, our Bloor West foot clinic is equipped to help. Call us to ask about actionable steps towards optimal foot health today!
Call us at 416-769-FEET (3338) or Book Your Assessment Today!