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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Weight Loss Stalled? Sneak In Extra Steps

I can hear the groaning, “Here she goes again nagging about the exercise!” But the facts are clear: study after study concludes sneaking in a few more steps throughout the day will facilitate weight loss. The beauty of sneaking in a few extra steps is it never has to be painful: in fact walking just 5 minutes adds 500 steps to your day. Do that four times and you’ve logged a mile!

Here are a few ideas for adding 5-minute 500-steps to your day:

Take a brisk 5-minute walk with the dog in the morning.
Park to the back of the parking lot at the office.
Find an errand you can do walking.
Vacuum the carpet for 5 minutes.
Take a 5-minute walking break in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Take an evening walk during your peak snacking/grazing time.

How do you add 5-minute, 500-steps to your busy day?

1 comment:

Diane; AL said...

Kaye,
This is a great topic.
All people do better if they have a finish line to shoot for in any undertaking. That's why I wear a pedometer. I shoot for 10,000 steps a day. You'd be surprised how helpful it can be.
I put it on first thing in the morning and count how many steps I take throughout the day. 10,000 steps is roughly = 5 MILES.
There are little ways to increase your steps. Take the stairs. Park further from the store. Walk around while talking on the phone. Take a walking tour of your neighborhood. Walk the dog. Go window shopping. If your a tv addict, walk around during commercials. Anything to get you moving.
The thing I like is HAVING A GOAL to shoot for each day.