The author of this article is Jeff Davidson, an expert author and speaker on work-life balance issues.
The average person requires about 60 continuous minutes to walk 10,000 steps. While this may seem daunting, there are a variety of ways that busy physicians can get in 10,000 steps. Here are some strategies to consider:
- Divide and conquer: Consider dividing the up the task of walking 10,000 steps per day rather than doing it all in one outing. Try breaking up the segments into 20- or 30-minute intervals throughout the day.
- Furniture to the rescue: If you work at a stand up desk, you have the opportunity take more steps during the day versus those who are seated the entire time. A variety of stand-up/sit-down furniture is available.
- Walk when possible: As often as you can, walk down the hall, even if it is for 2 minutes before you return to your office. Walk with purpose if you’re going to the water cooler or restroom. Take the stairs whenever you’re going up or down a flight or two.
- Parking further away: Stop searching for the parking spot nearest to your entrance and park further away. This forces you to walk more. If you’re going shopping, walk the length of the mall and back before or after making any purchases.
These are just a few ways you can increase the number of steps you take to gain health benefits. With luck, you will reach 10,000 steps without even thinking about it.
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