10 clever ways to hit your step count

Emma Brown - Nutritionist | 19 Feb, 2021


Dance like no-one's looking

Every morning I dance around the house for 30 mins – 3000 steps
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Make every brew count!

I pace round the table while the kettle boils. Not allowed to stop walking till the little ping says its done.


Maximise the dog walk!

When I take the dog for a walk, every time she stops to sniff (which is a LOT!) I do steps on the spot until she's ready to move on again (must look a bit daft though!)


Make your sport work harder

When I play golf with three others, I do all the ball searching for everyone.
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Use your location

I live on 4th floor (80 steps) and, if I haven't made it, I walk up and down until I do!!


Get labour intensive

I take washing to peg on the line one item at a time and again to fetch them in.


Make your own indoor gym

I'm in a block of flats so I walk up and down the corridors. Great when it's raining. I go into the large shops on the High Street and go up and down the aisles there as well as in the supermarket. I have sore feet so these places make for easier walking than hard pavements.


Drag out domestic chores

I leave shopping bags at the front door and empty each item individually, have also been known to empty the dishwasher, again each item separately, walking each piece of cutlery etc round the house for a circuit as I go! Kids give me funny looks but are now getting used to me taking odd objects for a walk round the house before I put them away.


Rent a dog

I don't have a dog of my own and volunteer with Cinnamon Trust and take out a little Yorkie.


Get community spirited

Volunteering as a litter picker for the local parish council. Really surprising how many steps add up in a couple of hours and the satisfaction of keeping the neighbourhood clean is great.

Nutritionist Emma Brown (ANutr), MSc Human Nutrition is passionate about how food science applies to the human body, and how the nutrients in what we eat affect us and ultimately have an impact on our health.