Walking to Better Health

Posted On Nov 29, 2013 By Bowflex Insider Team

health benefits of walking

Men's Health recently wrote an article on "Numbers to Live By," which declared that we should "hoof it for health" and log at least 10,000 steps a day. Now, here at Bowflex, we know walking is good for your health, but the University of Oklahoma study mentioned in the article showed just how much of an impact walking can have on your health. The study found that "men who logged at least 10,000 steps a day slashed their odds of having cardiovascular disease risk factors by 69 percent."

We've put together some tips to help you sneak more steps into your day.

  • Jump-start your day with an invigorating morning walk. Being active first thing in the morning boosts your metabolism.
  • Park at the outer limits of the parking lot, or don't even drive to begin with!
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Use a pedometer app. People who use an app to track steps are 20 times more likely to exceed their step target (Men's Health).
  • Take a walk at lunchtime and return with greater focus. Yep, it turns out walking is good for your brain too - It has positive impacts on memory, attention and several other cognitive processes.
  • Instead of sitting in a conference room, plan walking meetings with your coworkers.
  • Set reminders to move at least once an hour throughout your day. Walk to the water fountain or to your coworker's office, instead of sending an email.
  • Make up the difference at the end of the day. If you find that you fall short of your goal during the day, go on an evening walk to reach your target.
  • Walk with your dog or borrow a friend's dog.
  • Walk with your family. Walking with your loved ones is a positive way to spend time together while modeling healthy habits.
  • Go on a walking tour. In most cities, you can find groups that host fun walking tours with unique focuses, such as history or architecture. Some places even have haunted tours where you can explore the after-life lore of your town.
  • Join a walking, hiking or jogging group. Whether through old-fashioned word-of-mouth or by scouring through sites like Meet Up, you can join together with other people who want to add more activity (and steps) to their lives.

Logging your 10,000 steps can be a fun (and creative) process. How do you meet or exceed your goal? Leave a comment and share your tips.