8 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Take More Steps
Tracking daily steps has become trendy and for good reason: It’s one of the easiest ways to walk yourself to even better health, which can translate into an abundance of creative energy and improved sleep, among other awesome benefits. So don’t let your activity tracker or new Fitbit go to waste. Instead try these expert tips and tricks that are guaranteed to make you move more without even realizing it!
1. Downsize the water bottle or mug you use at home or the office. Go for a walk to fill it up whenever it’s empty. If you aim to drink seven to eight glasses of water per day, you’ll get in plenty of extra steps while staying ultra-hydrated.
2. Become an early bird. Oakley Ambassador AJ Govoni suggests taking a six to seven minute power walk before your workout, or while waiting for your class to begin. For double duty, do the same at the end of class and you may squeeze an extra mile or more into your day!
3. Turn your coffee catch-up sesh into an opportunity to rack up steps. The hour you’d spend sitting is just as much fun when walking with a friend with a delish drink in hand.
Switch up your dinner datesShana Schneider, author of FitStyle Your Life, says that not only will walking between courses help sneak in steps, but it will also give you extra time to digest. Sounds like a total win-win.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!