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Sandal Weather is Here. Time for a 10,000 Steps Campaign!

The U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, says Americans are not active enough. “Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things that people of all ages can do to improve their health,” he says. Vivek’s recommendation is that we increase activity on top of the usual and customary.
So, what can we do to accomplish the Surgeon General recommendation? How about a 10,000 steps campaign? It’s a fantastic way to add more fitness to your daily routine.
 do the splits 1. Do the splits. You can split up your exercise into three smaller activities during the day. Walk to work or the train, walk at lunch and walk back home. Be sure that at least one of the walks lasts about 20-30 minutes (around 1 mile).
2. Crazy 8’s. At work, every hour on the hour while you are sitting at your desk, and equal to at least 8 times during the work day, get up and walk. Walk to the water cooler, walk up a flight or two of stairs or pace in the hall while you are on the phone.  crazy 8 clock
 dog 6 legs are better than 2 3. Six legs are better than two. You probably didn’t realize that you have your personal trainer right at home – your dog, they make the best walking companions. They never have an excuse not to join you; they’re great to talk to-they listen to every word– and they help you stick to a routine. Don’t have a dog? Borrow a neighbor’s or volunteer to walk a dog at your local animal shelter.
4. Just Beat it. Dance activities such as step classes, salsa, Zumba or dancing to your favorite beat are exciting and fun ways to add quickly up to 10,000 steps a day.  just beat it
 lets count 5. Let’s count! Get a pedometer or Fitbit and start keeping track of your steps. Keeping track of your steps will let you know if you’re meeting your goals or doing too much couch surfing. There are plenty of apps on the iPhone, including the Health app, which can track steps for you.
If you are just starting out, don’t go overboard. Start out slow and easy! The goal is to stay active for the rest of your life, with the least risk for injuries.
Enjoy your summer and get active, folks!
Disclaimer: Please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program. If you experience any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop and follow up with your physician.

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