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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - SMALL STEPS -

GET­TING in your 10,000 steps, the dis­tance we should all be walk­ing every day for im­proved health, can seem daunt­ing. It sounds like a lot. And be­tween the com­mute, the nine hours most of us spend sit­ting at a desk, and that pre­cious hour or two of spent in front of the tele­vi­sion at the end of a long day, many of us strug­gle to see how we can find the time and space for ex­er­cise.

But you don’t have to be go­ing for long hikes or spend­ing two hours at the gym each morn­ing — even small changes can have big health ben­e­fits. Here are 20 sim­ple tips to help you build more ac­tiv­ity into ev­ery­day life.

GET A LIT­TLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS

Ar­rang­ing to meet a friend to do some­thing ac­tive “makes you ac­count­able,” ex­plains HSE phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity co­or­di­na­tor Colm Casey. “If you’re go­ing to go out walk­ing on your own and some­thing good comes on the tele­vi­sion, you’re prob­a­bly go­ing to put it off. But if you have to meet with a friend for a walk at 6pm, you’re not go­ing to want to let them down.”

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