“Sitting is the new smoking.” This is what many health professionals are now saying about the incredibly sedentary lifestyles that most Americans lead, and the serious health risks that can result from sitting too much. And when you take into account that the average American sits for approximately 9-10 hours of their entire day, from a metaphorical smoking standpoint you can now see that too much sitting is very, very bad for your health. Case in point, studies show that sitting for long hours at a time can lead to a greater risk of developing conditions like diabetes, obesity, depression and some types of cancer.

Now according to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Science, the average American only clocks about 5,000 steps a day, when the recommended amount is at least 10,000. Sounds like a ridiculously high and impossible number of steps to shoot for? Actually it isn’t at all! All you need to do is get a bit more fit-savvy by using the following strategies to help you log more steps in your day. Use these strategies consistently and before you know it, you’ll be hitting and even smashing the 10K goal.

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