If you live in Australia, you are not a stranger to the STEPtemper initiative to raise money and extend support to cerebral palsy services and research.
As a participant your goal is to reach 10,000 steps a day the whole of September. Not only is this promoting and creating awareness of a noble cause, but this challenge is also a step in the direction of fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
As a young parent, it becomes especially imperative to stay fit to first, set a good example for your child to follow suit, and second, to actively be involved with your child without getting tired and exhausted.
Here are some of the health benefits that you are likely to experience by walking 10,000 steps a day:
- A Boost to Your Heart Health: The best way to increase the oxygenated blood flow to your muscles is regular physical activity of any kind. 10,000 steps a day will help you achieve that faster and maintain your physical health without it feeling like a lot of hard work.
- Stabilizing Blood Sugar Levels: Exercise helps your body to use energy in the form of glucose. Walking 10, 000 steps everyday can help regulate sugar levels for those who might be prone to diabetes.
- Helps Maintain Mental Health Hygiene: ‘Take a walk’, that is the advice one often receives when one is under stress. A 10,000-step walk will keep your stress levels in check and also help you relieve any moods swings as exercising releases endorphins, or what you call the feel-good hormone.
- Sound Sleep: Exercising ensures better sleep in the night. Walking 10,000 steps a day can help fix any irregular sleeping patterns as you are more likely to rest well when you indulge in an active lifestyle.
Now that you know the health benefits of taking 10,000 steps a day, here is how you can hit that goal and get yourself to not only participate in the STEPember challenge but also step up your fitness levels:
Set Small Goals: To hit the 10,000-step goal, you needn’t rush into the process. Start with 500 to 1000 steps a day and build up to that stamina by adding steps every alternate day or every week according to your current fitness levels.
Indulge in Short-Walks: Rather than taking all 10,000 steps in one go, divide your workout routine into smaller walks throughout the day. You can start your day with a short walk and then do the same after each meal of the day. This will help you meet your goal without it tiring out your system in one go.
Reward Yourself for Meeting the Goal: If you are someone that requires constant motivation to workout, reward yourself every time you hit a goal. This will keep you going and not give up midway. Afterall, who doesn’t love a treat to celebrate their wins, no matter how big or small those are.
Challenge Yourself: Once you have reached your target of 10,000 steps a day, and your body is accustomed to walking 10,000 steps without getting tired, you can challenge yourself by adding weights, power-walks along with variations of other forms of exercise.
So, what are you waiting for! It’s time to step up and take that STEPember challenge.