To meet the 30-minutes-per-day activity goal set by experts, increase your footsteps by parking far from your destination and walking. You also can carve out a time at work to do stairs, and if you have a company gym, get in early and do the treadmill. As well, ask if your local indoor mall permits early-bird walkers.
Then there’s this win-win: make a new friend while improving your health, by joining nextdoor.com and looking for neighbors who are seeking walking partners.
Track your progress electronically. There are easy-to-install apps for smartphones that track your steps: S Health tracks steps, time, and even the amount of water you drink per day. Map My Walk shows your route and mileage.
Fitbit sets a goal of 10,000 steps per day (doable in just over an hour, spread throughout the day.) Fitbit’s a wearable, so unlike your easily forgotten phone, steps don’t go uncounted; you get credit for each step.