Fun, unique ideas that are guaranteed to increase your steps—and your level of fitness
You’ve got a Fitbit and now you’re a step-tracking maniac, trying to meet or beat your daily step goal. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Fitness trackers are a craze that just continues to get more popular. These nifty new devices are more than just motivating, they’re downright addicting. Slip one on and you’ll immediately be motivated to move, to rack up those steps and to triumphantly beat the 10,000 step a day challenge that the American Heart Association says is equivalent to getting 30 minutes of activity. With that in mind, here’s 6 quick ways to increase your steps and have fun while doing it!
1. Become a pacer!
Years ago people who paced were lumped into the category of mad scientists or those who were worrying over some complicated problem. But nowadays, we know that pacing can be good for you and is a great way to get your blood and ideas flowing! Take the opportunity to pace whenever you can, like when you’re on the phone, talking to your family, waiting for dinner to bake in the oven or just to add steps to your daily total. You’ll soon be racking up those steps—adding hundreds for every pacing session.
2. Walk the dog
The dog’s got to go out anyway, so why not? Instead of making it a two-minute pit stop on the front lawn, grab a water bottle and extend your dog’s walk by a block or two. You’ll be surprised how many steps you add just by exploring the neighborhood. Your pooch will be happier too.
3. Play with your kids!
Remember how much fun it was to play tag and hide-and-seek when you were little? Now you can have fun, add Fitbit steps and even win these whimsical games that used to entertain you for hours. Gather up the kiddos and head outside, or play a game of chase around the couch. Ready or not, 10,000 steps…here you come!
4. Look for a bad parking spot
It goes against everything you’ve learned about being efficient and saving time, but park as far away as possible from the grocery store or the office or wherever you’re going. Those extra yards you have to walk just may be the additional steps you need to help you reach your goal. Try it and you’ll be surprised how many hundreds more steps you take every time you do it.
5. Try communicating the old fashioned way
At your office, instead of emailing your coworker, get up and walk over to give them the message in person. Whether you’re in the office next door or across the building, you’ll add steps every time you do it.
Put a little spring in your step! Even if you spend just 10 minutes bounce walking on a trampoline, those steps will stack up. Whether you have a mini tramp or a full-size one in the backyard, bounce walking or jogging in place is not only tons of fun and a great calorie burner, it’s an awesome way to add to your Fitbit steps for the day.
According to the Surgeon General, average Americans should have 30 minutes of exercise at least three days a week, which is equivalent to about 10,000 steps. Now, you’ve got 6 fun ways to increase your Fitbit steps and your fitness level. If you’re looking to get the whole family involved, check out our array of trampolines. They’re not only the world’s safest, they come in a variety of sizes and options to suit your needs.