Turn to the YouTuber Jackson Desjardins, who a few years ago changed his body dramatically by shedding more than 100 pounds and getting shredded. On his channel, he discusses key aspects of his own weight loss experience, and in a recent video, he explains how low-impact cardio assisted him.
“Walking is a fantastic thing to do,” he adds. “When I do not hate it, I’ll do it more often, and it’s more sustainable; in my whole cutting phase, I’ll be far more successful.”
If you have a dog, getting your 10,000 steps in each day will be much easier. And if you have a big or energetic dog, that’s even better: walking them for lengthy periods of time will make them happier and healthier. “It’s a fantastic method to get some vitamin D, take some steps, and since I got my new puppy, I’ve just started averaging 6500-7000 steps every day without even trying,” says Desjardins. “It’s really useful because I’m constantly going in and out all day.”
If you’re not a dog owner, Desjardins has some additional suggestions to boost your daily step count, including: parking further away when going out on errands. “You can add an extra 2,000 steps each day by doing this repeatedly,” he claims. “Give it a go and see what it can do for your steps.”
Another approach to boost your step count throughout the working day is to buy a standing desk. “I absolutely adore this product for being productive, as well as for adding in a few extra steps,” Desjardins says. “I can never sit still, so I guess you get a lot more steps than you think when you move all the time.”
Finally, Desjardins suggests forgoing an hour-long walk to reach 10,000 steps and taking three or four shorter 15-minute walks each day rather than carving out time from your schedule. Small activities add up over time. Taking a walk in the morning, at lunchtime, and before dinner while listening to an audiobook or podcast may not seem like much, but it can quickly rack up.