Increasing Your Steps While At Home

Stepping Out With a little creative thinking, you can find easy ways to add steps at home. The following tips are provided to help you gain steps while you are at home.

  • Take several short 10 minute walks during the day.
  • Take the long way when walking to a store in the mall.
  • Walk your dog or walk your neighbor's dog.
  • Park further away in the parking lot.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk to grocery stores, video stores or bookstores within a one-mile radius of your home.
  • Put on music and dance while cleaning your home.
  • Try to take half of your goal steps by noon.
  • Walk to your neighbors/friends instead of calling.
  • Plan walks into your day with a friend at the beginning of the day and with your family at the end of the day.
  • Start a walking club with your neighbors/friends.
  • March in place while talking on the phone.
  • Walk while talking on a cordless phone.
  • Walk during the commercials on television.
  • Walk the terminals at the airport while waiting for your plane.
  • Avoid the people movers at the airport.
  • Plan active weekends (long walks, hiking, go to the park).
  • Garden.
  • Unload your shopping bags from the car in four trips instead of juggling four bags in two arms and avoid back injury.
  • Take a walk and pick up litter in your neighborhood.
  • Walk about your house once a day to make one tiny home improvement.
  • Walk up and down stairs with no purpose in mind.
  • Quit using the remote control to change TV channels.
  • Never sit for more than 20 minutes straight.
  • Return your supermarket shopping cart to its proper storage location.
  • Think footsteps -- anytime, anywhere.