Get fit: Jennie’s 10k step plan
Make Fitbit your friend with fitness expert Jennie Gadby’s tips for hitting your daily steps target
1. Break your 10,000 steps target down into manageable chunks throughout the day, whenever you have time. For example, you could aim for 2500 before 10am, then reach 5000 by lunch, 7500 before your afternoon break, and then have your 10,000 done by dinner. Then anything on top of that is a bonus!
2. If you set yourself small goals, don’t forget to actually go out and do them! Set reminders on your phone so you can go for a walk at times that suit you, like during your lunch break or when the kids go to sleep. Try different routes, too, so you avoid your routine feeling monotonous.
3. If you can’t get out for a walk, you can still work towards your 10,000 steps goal without leaving the house. You can clock up plenty of steps just doing chores – you’ll rack up more than you think cleaning the house! Scrubbing floors and doing odd jobs can easily add up to 10,000 steps.
4. Challenge fellow members, family or friends to step count competitions to keep yourself (and them!) motivated to move more. Fitbit, for example, has digital competitions as part of its app, so you can see who in your group has walked the furthest or earned the most steps. If you don’t have an activity tracker with these features, create your own group on Facebook or by text, and have everyone send in their daily step count instead!
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