Walking is one of the best exercises out there, especially for beginners. Why? Easy. You don’t need a gym membership or any sort of equipment. All you need in order to walk is a sturdy pair of shoes and a desire to check out your neighborhood on a nice day. It’s probably why apps like Noom have their own pedometers — they know that walking is not only beneficial but also a great way to keep the pounds down.
And it’s not just great for those hoping to shed some weight! According to Healthline, walking just 30 minutes a day for five days a week reduces your risk of coronary heart disease by almost 20%. If you want to live longer, and feel better, walking is almost mandatory.
But here’s the problem — even when you know something is easy, it doesn’t mean that you can easily incorporate it into your schedule. For example, even though I know that a walk will help my health, it’s still hard to peel away from the computer screen on a particularly busy day. That’s why it’s important to trick yourself into taking more walks. Even if it’s only a 15-minute stroll around the block, it’s still better than sitting. The only break in your day might be your lunch break, but it’s still worth it to get outside for at least a few minutes instead of eating your sandwich right in front of your computer.
Another benefit of walking? Sometimes you don’t even realize that you’re doing exercise once you’re in the routine. Here are 12 sneaky hacks for walking more each day that will fit into your schedule and help you stay true to your exercise goals.