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6 Easy Ways to Meet Your Daily Step Goal

Whether it is a smartphone, smart watch, or pedometer, it seems everyone has at least one device that tracks their activity these days. If you’re the owner of one of these step-counting devices, you’ve probably been told that you should be taking 10,000 steps a day. You’ve probably also realized that a daily step goal isn’t one-size fits all, and (hopefully with the help of a physician), set a step goal that is more tailored to you and your lifestyle.

Regardless of how many steps you aim to take each day, The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Spread out over a week, that equals out to about 30-40 minutes per day. The benefits of this regular movement include a lower risk of heart disease, better bone health, less chronic health conditions, better sleep and so much more!
Walking is the easiest way to accomplish the minimum standard of exercise that the AHA has set for the average adult, so here are 6 ways to meet your daily step goal – whatever it may be!
  1. Hop on the Treadmill

The easiest and most convenient way to get a bunch of steps completed is by using a treadmill, which you’ll find in 500 Park Avenue Apartments’ 24/7 fitness center! If walking in one place sounds extremely dull, try listening to a podcast or audiobook, calling a friend, or watching tv to pass the time!
  1. Park further away

When you venture out to the store, office, or any other destination, pick a parking spot that is a little further away from the entrance.
  1. Go on a hike

Outdoor activities have become a popular pastime during the coronavirus pandemic, and for good reason. Hiking does wonders for your body and your mind, and it is a fun way to get your exercise in while spending time with friends, family, or your pet! Thankfully, gorgeous hikes near Baltimore abound, and many of them are dog-friendly!
  1. Take breaks
Breaks from work are beyond important. If you sit at a desk all day, make sure to spend a few minutes each hour to walking around the parking lot, climbing a flight of stairs, or strolling around the block. Not only will these short breaks make your body feel less stressed, less tense, and more flexible, but your mind will benefit from these short breaks and you will come back refreshed and ready to go.
  1. Walk while you binge

The next time you binge-watch The Queen’s Gambit or Bridgerton, use that time wisely and get some steps in!
  1. Be Less Efficient

When tackling daily or weekly chores, it’s tempting to be as efficient as possible to get it over with sooner. If you’re trying to meet a step goal; however, chores are the perfect way to sneak in a few extra steps. When you are loading the washing machine, bring a few armfuls at a time so that you must walk back and forth several times. If you have kids or pets and you need to clean up their toys, grab one at a time and put it back where it belongs before going back for the next one.
We hope these tips and hacks give you some inspiration and help you towards achieving your daily fitness goals! However you choose to get your American Heart Association recommended 150 minutes of moderate cardiovascular activity each week, remember to have fun while doing it!