Let’s face it, working a full day can drain all the life out of you and you just want to relax when you head home. This is, of course, counter productive to what we should be doing and that makes it that much more important to find simple ways to add steps to your day. Try these helpful hints to try and work them into your daily agenda and meet your activity goals.
- Quit Parking So Close – We all do it. We drive around in the parking lot either at the work or at the store looking for the closest spot possible to where we are going. Take the opposite approach next time and park at the end of a row and get some steps in on your way to your destination. An added bonus is your car will be safer away from frequently swapped parking spots!
- Take the Stairs for a Change – If you are unlucky enough to take an elevator on a daily basis, now is your chance to find the secret staircases to get you to your floor. Think of it as an opportunity for some peace and quiet at the start (or end) of the day. It is also a great way to avoid a boss or annoying coworker who will for sure be taking the elevator.
- Walk to Lunch – Whether you brought it from home (good job!) or are heading to the local restaurant, get some steps in. If you brought your lunch,
why not find a different spot to eat in – maybe a nearby park. If you are going out for lunch, why not pick a location you can walk to? Who knows what else you might find along the way to entertain you or brighten your day.
- Say No to Driving to Your Mailbox – If you are living in an area with “cluster” mailboxes, resist the urge to drive by on your way home to pick up the mail. Chances are it is only a block or two from you at most and is also a great chance to talk to neighbors who you may normally miss on your standard mission to get the car in the garage as soon as possible.
- Make Your Kids (if you have them) Walk Too – Having kids can be exhausting. They have so much energy sometimes. When you get home and they are anxious to go ride their bike or head down to the pool, take the opportunity to get a brisk walk in. It is going to help reduce your stress and maybe tire them out some so they want to get to bed early for a change!