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Step To It! Tips to help keep your step count up ...

Step To It! Tips to help keep your step count up ...

Everyone's talking step counts these days, but why? Walking has been shown to offer a multitude of benefits for both your physical and mental well-being, and it's time we all got involved. If you haven't been convinced before, a brand new study released by Vitality and the London School of Economics suggests that for those that don't live a very active lifestyle, introducing a new activity habit of at least 5,000 steps just three times per week for two years can add up to three years life expectancy and could save the NHS £15 billion.

By just upping the walking you do each day you could help boost your heart health, digestion, sleep quality, muscle and bone strength, improve your mood, reduce the risk of chronic disease .... the list goes on.

So, come on, enough of the excuses, it's time to step up your game and we've got some easy tips to help you do just that.

Set Your Goals
Whether you're aiming for the recommended 10,000 steps a day or starting with a more manageable target, having a goal in mind can help keep you motivated and focused. Break it down into smaller chunks – aim for a certain number of steps per hour or set aside dedicated walking breaks throughout your day.

Make it fun!
Walking doesn't have to be boring – get creative and find activities you enjoy. Take a stroll in nature, explore new areas, or turn your daily errands into a walking adventure. You can even recruit a buddy or furry friend to join you for some extra motivation and company. 

Seize the moment
Don't forget to make the most of everyday opportunities to move more. Take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift, park further away from your destination, or get off the bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way. Every step counts, so look for ways to sneak in a few extra throughout your day.

Make the best of things
If you're stuck at a desk for most of the day, don't despair and admit defeat – there are still plenty of ways to keep moving. Set reminders to take regular breaks and stretch your legs, or try standing up and walking around while you're on phone calls or during meetings. You could consider investing in a standing desk (we've done just that here at Nature Squared) or a treadmill desk to keep things moving while you work.

Keep Track
Finally, track your progress and celebrate your successes. Whether you use a fitness tracker, an app, or good old-fashioned pen and paper, keeping track of your steps can help you stay accountable and see how far you've come. And don't forget to celebrate your achievements along the way – every step you take is a step towards a healthier, happier you!

What are you waiting for? Lace up those trainers, hit the pavement, and start stepping your way to better health and happiness today.

You've got this!

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