9 Easy Ways to Clock 10,000 Steps Without Exercising More

by Dawn Chen
FITNESS  |  July 06, 2017
  • Increase your daily step count with these tips.
    1 / 10 Increase your daily step count with these tips.

    Anyone working in an office job will be able to tell you that it’s a pipe dream to clock 10,000 steps a day unless you make it a point to work out. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up altogether. Here are some ways you can sneak in more steps to hit your goal. After all, every bit counts!

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  • Take the stairs
    2 / 10 Take the stairs

    Okay, we know you’ve heard this countless times before, but how many of us diligently climb those stairs when the escalator’s right beside it? Try exclusively climbing the stairs for one day – no lifts, no escalators – and see how much of a difference it makes to your total step count. The numbers will likely push you to keep going. At the very least, make it a point to walk up or down the escalator instead of just cruising.

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  • Shop
    3 / 10 Shop

    While waiting for a friend to arrive, go window shopping instead of standing around and using your phone. This way, you’ll be able to scout out the best deals (GSS, anyone?) and burn a few extra calories while you’re at it. (Also Read: What’s At TripleFit Singapore, Your New Fitness & Shopping Destination)

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  • Move every hour
    4 / 10 Move every hour

    It’s easy to get carried away while doing work, but make it a point to get up and move about every hour or so. Make yourself a cup of coffee, refill your water bottle or go to the washroom. These little trips will all contribute towards your step count.

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  • Walk in place
    5 / 10 Walk in place

    While watching TV, get extra steps in by walking in place instead of slumping on your sofa. You could just step side to side or get some high knees in if you want to work up a sweat.

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  • Do housework
    6 / 10 Do housework

    Mop the floor, wipe your kitchen counters or pack the storeroom – chores have to be done anyway, and you’ll be surprised by how many steps you rack up just by pottering about the house. (Also Read: Lose Weight While Doing Housework)

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  • Explore your neighbourhood
    7 / 10 Explore your neighbourhood

    Instead of heading to town on the weekend, take some time to walk around your neighbourhood. Try that new café that just opened or stroll through the nearby park. Grab a buddy – or fur kid – to join you for extra motivation.

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  • Pace
    8 / 10 Pace

    When trying to solve a problem, give yourself room to pace instead of just sitting at your desk. You can also pace while waiting for traffic lights to change, or when you’re waiting for the bus.  (Also Read: 9 Ways to Calm Down If You’re Super Stressed At Work)

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  • Go to the museum
    9 / 10 Go to the museum

    Spend an afternoon immersing yourself in culture and history. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs) can enjoy free admission to eight museums and heritage institutions in Singapore. These include the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Asian Civilisations Museum and the National Art Gallery. Click here for more information.

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  • Take public transport
    10 / 10 Take public transport

    While it’s always nice to drive or be driven, you’ll definitely clock way more steps by taking the bus or train. For starters, you could make it a point to commute via public transport once a week or whenever you’re travelling short distances. For an even greater challenge, alight from buses one stop early and walk the remaining distance to your destination!

    (Also Read: Why Taking Public Transport Is Actually Good For Your Health)

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