Step to it: The lazy girl's guide to hitting 10,000 steps a day

Experts say a 10,000-step a day habit increases your psychological wellbeing, helps with weight loss and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. But how on earth can you get those steps up in a city where getting an Uber everywhere is second nature? We asked a pro...
Step to it: The lazy girl's guide to hitting 10,000 steps a day
Yeah, we look this cheerful when we're walking, too

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl – but by all means keep moving forward,” Martin Luther King, Jr once said. We don’t know about you, but we certainly can’t fly, and when we run it’s like a turtle moving through peanut butter. What we can do is walk, but we really don’t do enough of it.

Something needed to change, so we got ourselves a Fitbit and starting tracking those steps. It buzzes every hour to encourage you to walk, and you can’t ignore it – trust us, we’ve tried.

We asked Shimmering Sands Takes You Beyond Human Head Trainer and Co-Founder James Agus for his tips and tricks for putting your best foot forward...

JA: “Here at SSxBH, we really encourage and set our ladies a goal to hit 10,000 steps per day, with 7,500 being the absolute minimum. Dubai is such a sedentary city, with general activity levels being quite low... spending one hour in the gym three times a week, then sitting at your desk all day is not classed as active. A simple thing like walking is fundamental movement that we as humans seem to have forgotten how to do.


1. Take the stairs. You probably spend five minutes waiting for a lift, and you could have actually walked upstairs in the time it takes for the lift to arrive. This is an easy one!

2. Park your car far away from the entrance. Similar to the lift situation, we wait and hunt for the most prime parking spot available – all while being sat down of course – and often in that amount of time that we could have parked a little further away and nailed some steps as a result.

3. Go for walks. Like, for fun. Whether you live in a pretty area or enjoy the breeze down on the beach, get outdoors and embrace it.

4. Take walking phone calls. Stand up from your desk and go for a little stroll while you chat on the phone.

5. Last but not least, find a friend to do it with you. Whether it’s a pal, companion, pet or imaginary friend, find someone who’s willing to get moving and start making a difference with you.

What pup doesn’t love a walk?

And as a final note, eating healthily, exercising, sleeping right and doing all other things by the book as far as health management goes will make a huge difference. But don’t overlook the importance of what is essentially 70 per cent of your day. Get moving!”

Photos: Supplied and Instagram /@fitbit