Think you can’t hit 10,000 steps when it rains? Think again.
Wet weather can make it a little more difficult to hit your 10,000 steps, but not impossible. Next time it rains, consider one of these options.
Head to a shopping centre
Big and sheltered, a shopping centre is a top wet weather walking option. If you’re short on time, and totally focussed on your step count, get there early. Do a few circuits before the crowd arrives (and turns your route into obstacle course). If you have some time, make stepping out a little more social – meet a friend and walk the stores together. Never stand on the escalators and take any stairs you see.
Dress well and go out anyway
You won’t melt. If it’s not storming or blowing a gale, pop on a poncho or whatever waterproof clothes you have, and go out. Walking when it’s wet can be fun.If you don’t have a waterproof coat at hand, you could just get a little damp, and rediscover the joy of jumping in puddles. When you get home from your wet walk, make sure to change your clothes immediately, or even better, have a lovely hot bath or shower and a cup of tea.
Step around the house
Whether your home is large or small you have options. Walking on the spot in front of a favourite TV show is something all of us can do. If you have a large home consider creating a room to room circuit and doing laps. If you have any exercise equipment in your home or garage, a rainy day is a great time to dust it off. If you’re thinking of investing in some sort of equipment to help you reach your 10,000 steps every day, a treadmill is an option, but also consider a smaller, and much more accessible, stepper. Many sports retailers sell them (google “stepper” or “fitness stepper”). The best part is they’re easy to slip under a bed or into a cupboard when you’re done.