The goal of the 10,000 Steps program is to help you include more movement as part of your everyday life. If you are already regularly active, focus on maintaining your existing habit and continuing to pursue activities which you enjoy. If you haven't been active for a while, now is the time to start by incorporating more activity into your everyday life. Every step and minute and activity counts and contributes to a healthier mind and body. Here are a few reminders and tips!
Set small achievable goals. Setting realistic and manageable goals that will make you feel better physically and mentally. This could be something specific and measurable, like taking a short 10 minute walk every day, making an effort to take the stairs instead of the elevator, going for a swim once a week or setting an alarm and getting up from your desk every hour. Small changes do add up over time, the best place to start is where you are right now.
Choose a specific time each day to be active. Plan how you intend of incorporating more organised activity into your day to ensure you are on track to fulfil the commitment you have made to yourself. Look at your current routine and schedule in time for a walk, exercise class, gym, sport, cycle or whichever way you choose to move! Block out this time in your calendar or set an alarm, do what will work for you to ensure you remember. Be flexible and have a few options in case the weather or plans change.
Slowly increase your activity. We encourage you to monitor your steps and activity and set your own goal based on your current activity level. If you are able to easily maintain your goal, then challenge yourself to gradually increase your goal and make an effort to meet it as often as you can. Reward yourself for reaching your goal in healthy ways, like buying yourself a new pair of shoes or taking a relaxing bath.
Choose activities you like with people you like! Your body is meant to move and it has a great ability to do so in many different ways. Find an activity which you enjoy and ask your family and friends to join you. It can double as movement, plus a catch up and you can reach your activity goal without even realising it.
Talking with your GP or allied health professional
If you are looking to increase your physical activity, it is always important to talk with your GP or allied health professionals. They will be able to provide you with the support and guidance on setting goals and taking the first steps that are personalised for you.
If you are a health professional yourself, encourage your clients to sign up to 10,000 Steps - we even have the perfect one-pager that you can print off and send them home with!