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What is Your Way?

Are you thinking of ways to increase your daily step count? Or want to do something different but have run out of ideas? Take a peek at how others have done it and get some inspiration to work up your perspiration.

1. A Walk on the Wild Side

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Photo courtesy of @melvinoyx, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[1]

You can walk way up high, like @melvinoyx did at the Tree Top Walk at MacRitchie and refresh your spirit.

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Photo courtesy of @insynced, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[2]

Or venture into the wilderness at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, like @insynced.

Whether you hike at a nature reserve or a reservoir park, a dose of wilderness gives you a chance to enjoy the soothing effects of nature while getting some exercise.

Related: Step Right Up

2. Get Moving with Family and Friends

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Photo courtesy of @lowkc_tash, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[3]

You are never too young or old to be active, like @lowkc_tash who went dragon boat paddling with three generations of his family.

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Photo courtesy of @mandyalextrixie, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[4]

Join @mandyalextrixie and her family who cycled at East Coast Park. It’s a great way for the family to bond outdoors through fun exercises suitable for all.

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Photo courtesy of @nanalim03, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[5]

@nanalim03 makes her steps count by walking her children to and from school. This way, her children join in her walk and start cultivating an active habit from young too.

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Photo courtesy of @ellenringo, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[6]

@ellenringo makes a pact with friends to work out together, rain or shine. Find your own kakis for walks, ball games, or sign up for an exercise class or charity run together.

Related: How to Get Your Parents to Walk 10,000 Steps

3. Visit Places of Interest

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Photo courtesy of @ganchinboon, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[7]

@ganchinboon wandered through the Istana grounds like a tourist in his own country.

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Photo courtesy of @seresoot, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[8]

@seresoot navigated the beautiful flora at Gardens by the Bay to reach her goal of 10,000 steps.

You too can plan your own itinerary by going on walking tours, or exploring places like museums, Little India, Chinatown, Botanic Gardens or the zoo. Share photos with your friends, and don’t forget to tag #my10ktoday to join in the fun!

Related: 3 Trails to Hit this Weekend for a Dose of Fitness and Heritage

4. Put on your Dancing Shoes

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Photo courtesy of @ch_active, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[9]

Crank up the music! Physical Education teachers from Catholic High (@ch_active) had fun doing a dance, dance, revolution!

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Photo courtesy of @limdaoqing, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[10]

While @limdaoqing and partner sashayed and easily danced their way to 10,000 steps.

There's a dance to suit everyone: Zumba, tango, flamenco, ballroom, cha-cha, folk dancing or salsa. You don’t even need a partner if you do belly dancing or tap dancing.

Related: Dance Your Way to Health

5. Sports are Fun

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Photo courtesy of @bellapearlynn, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[11]

Here’s how to do your steps with a twist! @bellapearlynn got herself suspended and struck a pose in an aerial workout. Who says taking 10,000 steps is only about walking?

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Photo courtesy of @wenwei2, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[12]

Give yourself a good stretch, with @wenwei2’s yoga poses. Join hands with a friend to motivate each other and stay active together.

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Photo courtesy of @spiez01, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[13]

And here’s @spiez01 who joined a paddling team for an outdoor workout, all the way in Boracay.

There’s no need to exercise alone. Have a friendly competition with your friends to see who walks the most. This keeps everyone on their toes!

Related: Getting High on Team Sports

6. Action-packed Vacations

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Photo courtesy of @yasminelosesit, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[14]

How about going for an active vacation that is planned around physical activity? @yasminelosesit took on the sights of Bangkok in her stride.

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Photo courtesy of @jaepereira, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[15]

Amid the magnificent surroundings of the Grand Canyon, @jaepereira trekked and soaked in the spectacular views.

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Photo courtesy of @ohxyxyxy, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[16]

@ohxyxyxy scaled a peak that gave her legs a workout and helped her reach a fitness high.

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Photo courtesy of @karyen.chai, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[17]

While @karyen.chai skipped the cable car ride and reached the peak of Table Mountain in South Africa the 10,000 steps way.

You can go on full-fledged adventure holidays, or simply bump up the physical activity in your vacation. For instance, instead of just lounging by the beach, find a resort that offers racquet game lessons, hikes and check out places of interest nearby.

Related: Gorgeous Destinations in 10,000 Steps

7. Turn Housework into a Workout

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Photo courtesy of @song7486, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[18]

In fact, you don’t even have to step out of your house to get your workout done. Your house can be your exercise ground. @song7486 tackled those household to-dos and checked exercise off her list at the same time.

Mopping and scrubbing as you tidy the house also makes for a good aerobic workout. You can get an energetic workout by setting the timer for 10 minutes and see how much speed cleaning you can complete. Not only will your home look good, so will you.

Related: Burn Calories while Watching TV!

8. Just Play

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Photo courtesy of @sharonchintong, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[19]

Have fun like @sharonchintong and her friends, who played catching in the park.

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Photo courtesy of @joyyjoyyyy, participant of NSC #my10ktoday challenge.[20]

While @joyyjoyyyy had a jolly fun time with friends at Chestnut Nature Park.

When exercising becomes fun, you’re more likely to get it done!

Related: Make Fitness Fun for your Kids

Find Your Way to #my10ktoday

There are so many ways to reach 10,000 steps a day. What is your way?

Whether you are 6 or 60, a working adult or a retiree, just clock steps in any way that suits you!

Stay tuned to the #my10ktoday social contest and share how you are hitting 10,000 steps a day! And don’t forget to download the Healthy 365 mobile app and join us at the National Steps Challenge™.


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References

  1. @melvinoyx. (2017, Apr 23). Back on the right track! [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BTN9BiXDnht/?taken-by=melvinoyx

  2. @insynced. (2017, Mar 2). Venturing into the unknown. [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BRHvdikAfSW/?taken-by=insynced

  3. @lowkc_tash. (2017, Jul 9). 3 Generations of Dragon Boat Paddlers [Instragram Post].

  4. @mandyalextrixie. (2017, Aug 20). Cycling together as a family is a great way to bond outdoors and makes exercise... [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BYBX5uwnYSk/?taken-by=mandyalextrixie

  5. @nanalim03. (2017, Apr 12). Sending and fetching kids from school is my daily activities. [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BSxzfwNjXSI/?taken-by=nanalim03

  6. @ellenringo. (2017, Apr 12). It was a Wetnesday morning but rain or shine no excuse! [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BSxftJUlzu5/?taken-by=ellenringo

  7. @ganchinboon. (2016, Nov 1). How many more days to my winter break? [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BMRSSvZhQVO/?taken-by=ganchinboon

  8. @seresoot. (2017, Mar 31). Walking around the Garden by the Bay and Marina Bay [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BSTEJyhh9gG/?taken-by=seresoot

  9. @ch_active. (2017, Mar 9). Battle of the PE teachers Part 1! [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BRaM_wPgAsx/?taken-by=ch_active

  10. @limdaoqing. (2017, May 9). Yay! [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BT39hYhA9PM/?taken-by=limdaoqing

  11. @bellapearlynn. (2017, Apr 29). Here's an attempt to win some prizes at HPB's #my10ktoday challenge. [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BTdxza8BBcq/?taken-by=bellapearlynn

  12. @wenwei2. (2016, Oct 8). My buddy @esthersysy and I are joined at hip in triangle yoga pose. [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BLS7pgCg_Pb/?taken-by=wenwei2

  13. @spiez01. (2017, Apr 23). Paddling hard in boracay race over the weekend! [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BTOOxKkBGkm/?taken-by=spiez01

  14. @yasminelosesit. (2017, May 17). Being silly after a great couple of days shooting in #bangkok! [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BUMpxwMAaM_/?taken-by=yasminelosesit

  15. @jaepereira. (2016, Nov 3). You crawl around searching for higher grounds. [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BMWIQ6bjuxU/?taken-by=jaepereira

  16. @ohxyxyxy. (2017, Apr 4). We will get to the peak! [Instragram Post].

  17. @karyen.chai. (2017, Apr 26). Climbed Table Mountain today. [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BTUVWA3hOPR/?taken-by=karyen.chai

  18. @song7486. (2017 Apr 29). #my10ktoday [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BTeWVuOFozr/?taken-by=song7486

  19. @sharonchintong. (2017, Aug 2). Active #my10ktoday [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BXSTjMvnHRK/?taken-by=sharonchintong

  20. @joyyjoyyyy. (2017, Jun 17). The thoughts of doing 5hrs in BTH was over when I get to tag along... [Instragram Post]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BVby3TsAEcL/?taken-by=joyyjoyyyy