Week 5 of 52 Weeks, 52 Ways to a New You, is sure to have you moving. Although I am a Dietitian this blog is about more than just healthy eating, it’s about helping create a healthy lifestyle. Making a daily caloric balance is not only about calories in but calories out. In other words, limiting what we eat isn’t always enough, we also need to kick up the calories we burn. So this week I am going to have you make 1 small permanent change and that is to:
Go The Distance
Let me explain what I mean by this. Find ways in your daily routine to walk a few extra steps. You may even find it helpful to clip on a pedometer so see trends in your daily distance walked. If you want a concrete goal, aim for 10,000 steps per day on your pedometer. Here are a few ideas to help you STEP IT UP, and go the distance:
3) When the mid-afternoon lull hits you, instead of reaching for a caffeinated beverage, try a quick 5-10 minute walk outside. Even though it may be difficult to get a away, even for 5 minutes, you may find that you are more productive when you get back and in the long run you won’t miss those walking minutes one bit.
4) On the weekends find outdoor activities that require you to walk around. Visit fairs, expos, the zoo or even a cruise around the mall.
5) Instead of sitting while you’re on the phone pace back and forth or walk around the house, remember every step counts.
Though it doesn’t seem like much, increasing your steps can really make a big impact. Remember if you burn an extra 50 calories per day that will equal 5 pounds in a year, 100 calories per day and we’re talking 10 pounds. You can easily see how adding these small steps can equal HUGE results.