Health Advocate Blog

It’s time to get WOW-ed!

Each Friday, we’ll have a new Workout of the Week (WOW) for you.  We hope you’ll try it out over the weekend and then build it into your daily routine Monday through Friday of the coming week.  These workout ideas will be simple, appropriate for people of various ages and abilities, and allow you to fit a little more physical activity into your week!

This week’s WOW focuses on walking. Try walking an extra 500 steps each day this week.  Count your steps by using a pedometer, a small device that clips onto your belt—if you don’t already own one, you   can pick up an inexpensive one at many mass market retailers.  (Some Health Advocate Wellness Coaching members may have received a free pedometer as part of a walking challenge.)

If you’re not accustomed to doing too much walking, 500 may seem like a big number, but trust us—just start walking, and you’ll reach 500 sooner than you think!  Try taking the dog for a few more laps around the block, take an after-dinner stroll through the neighborhood, walk the mall, or vacuuming the house—those are all easy ways you can increase your daily step count.  An extra 500 steps a day will add up over time and can help you burn extra calories. Also, since today is the longest day of the year, you’ll have plenty of time to fit in some extra steps!

If you’re already a frequent walker and 500 isn’t challenging enough, try doing those steps on an incline, or just set your step goal higher.

Want more fitness ideas?  If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more healthy ideas to get—and stay—fit.