Tips for Getting Your Steps In
These days you can’t help but hear that many Americans suffer from serious health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease from eating poorly or not getting enough physical activity. Most of us know that regular physical activity is one of the most important things we can do to improve our health. Between work, school, running errands, and family commitments, finding ways to fit physical activity into our busy schedules can sometimes feel like a challenge
Fortunately, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition provides options for reaching your physical activity goals through different kinds of activities. That’s the good news. Want even better news? One of the most popular forms of physical activity is one you already do every day—walking! More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of their physically active lifestyle. So if you’re not as active as you would like, why not consider walking more?
Did you know that walking briskly for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week — easily broken into smaller amounts of about 25 minutes a day every day — can actually get you the physical activity you need to help you stay healthy and prevent disease? It’s that simple! Every little bit counts! However, for some, even this much activity can seem hard to achieve. If that’s true for you, don’t be discouraged.
Enjoy a Healthy Lifestyle
Try some of the tips below, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly the steps start adding up.
- Replace time spent circling the parking lot for a spot up-close. Park further away and walk to your destination.
- Host a virtual walking meeting. Walk and talk over work problems with your co-workers for the first 20 minutes, then write down your ideas and finish up.
- Take a walking lunch break at work. Keep extra shoes and socks in your filing cabinet.
- Walk while you are waiting. Instead of sitting on the bleachers while your child’s at sports practice, walk around the field.
- Find a convenient walking path near your home, kids’ activities, or work.
- Make a virtual “Walk-and-Talk” date with a friend or family member. Skip the latte and do a loop around the neighborhood instead.
- Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide pdf icon[PDF-5.2 MB]
- Step it Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities pdf icon[PDF-1.2 MB]external icon
- Physical Activity Basics
- Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition pdf icon[PDF-14.48MB]external icon
- Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities
- Vital Signs: Adults with Disabilities Infographic
- A Campaign to Rebrand the Word Walking external icon