Work it Wednesdays: Get In Your 10,000 Steps

As a student it can be hard to find time to work exercise into our busy schedules. Whatever good intentions we may have on Sunday night, most of us are worn down by the time Wednesday comes along and are just counting down the minutes until the weekend hits. This series will focus on easy, manageable ways to work exercise into your daily life without ever having to 'hit the gym' so that we can work it all week long.

Get In Your 10,000 Steps


Current research shows that to be healthy, a person should be walking 10,000 steps a day. Considering the average person's step length, that's more than 8km! While this might seem like a daunting task, being more mindul of our daily walking distance and taking measures to incorporate more steps into our schedules can make getting your 10,000 daily steps more feasiable.

Try these tips to help you take more steps each day:
  • Download a pedometer app for your smartphone or buy a cheap pedometer (you can find them for $10-20 at most running stores) to measure how many steps you currently take in an average day.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you live in the top floor of the building, getting off even a few floors early and walking up can go a long way to increasing your step count. Increase the number of floors you walk up as you go along.
  • Get off the subway, streetcar or bus a stop or two early to get in some extra steps on your way to and from campus.
  • Walk to the store or if you must drive, park farther away than you normally would.
  • Plan more outings in your neighbourhood so that you can walk to your destination.
  • Go for a walk on your study break. You'll be more focused when you go back to the books and you can get some exercise in at the same time.
  • Next time you go for a coffee date with a friend, get your drinks to-go and catch up with your pal as you wander the streets of this wonderful city.
  • Don't try to do it all at once. The experts seem to advocate adding no more than 500/day steps per week, so that you don't get discouraged. So if you're currently walking 3000 steps a day, make it your goal that next week it will be 3500 and start using some of these tips to help you get there.
How do you incorporate more walking into your life? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear!

Have a tip for incorporating more exercise into our daily lives? E-mail it to facescom@arts.ryerson.ca and I'll post it on the blog!

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