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Top Tips For Increasing Your Steps in 2018

Posted on May 3, 2018 @ 3:38 PM in Walking

How many steps do you take each day? For many, sedentary jobs can make it difficult to accomplish the suggested 10,000 steps a day. Below are some of our top tips for motivating yourself to walk more, maximising your lunch break or making the most of time outside of work.

Activity / Fitness Trackers

Fitness trackers are a fantastic way to keep track of your personal progress. Depending on the kind of tracker you have, many offer the ability to track not only steps but calories, heart rate, distance travelled and sleep. How about starting a Step Challenge in your workplace or challenging yourself to meet a weekly target? Check out Cotswold Outdoors for some activity tracker ideas including brands like Fitbit and Garmin.

Make Every Walk A Tresure Hunt (Geocaching)

What if we told you that you could make a walk into a treasure hunt every time you step out the door? Geocaching has become increasingly popular, with more and more people searching for hidden ‘Caches’ both locally and internationally. Simply navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates using a GPS enabled device (this includes most smart phones) and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Get the app on Google Play or download on the App Store for free.

Walking During Your Lunch Break

Whether you have a 30-minute lunch break or a leisurely 1 hour to fill, keep a pair of trainers or comfortable walking shoes under your desk. Not only will this help you get your steps up, it will also give you that well-earned break from a computer screen and help you start the afternoon refreshed and focused.

Dog Friendly Walks

Walking the dog is a fantastic way to get that step count up. While weekday walks may be kept local, make the weekend your time to experience some new sights, sounds and smells. With lots of fantastic walks to choose from, here are a few of our favourite dog friendly walks across Northern Ireland.

Please note for these walks dogs must be kept on leads.

Family Friendly Walks

There are fantastic family walks across Northern Ireland, perfect for family outings at the weekend or during school holidays. Here are a few of our favourite family walks to inspire you to get out and about with your loved ones.

Check out our blog 'Top Tips For Walking As A Family In Northern Ireland' to help inspire your family to get out walking more.

Discover Trails On Your Doorstep-

Do you know what walking trails are on your doorstep in Northern Ireland? We have recently been developing a website to help you do just that. Discover hundreds of outdoor trails and places across Northern Ireland using

Walk @ parkrun 

Did you know that parkrun isn't just for runners? Suitable for all ages and abilities, this fun, free and friendly 5km (6,336 steps) walk in the park is ideal for those looking to introduce a regular routine of walking into their week. With a fantastic sense of community, the event is suitable for those walking on their own, with friends, with prams or those walking their dog. Seven parks are currently hosting the 'Walk @ parkrun' initiative: 

Registration is free and can be done online via the parkrun website: and selecting #ParkWalk as your club.

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Walk The Ulster Way

While it may seem like a daunting prospect and you may not have time to walk the 665-mile-long (1,404,480 steps) Ulster Way in one go, how about walking it in achievable sections over the course of a year (or two!)? Check out our Ulster Way Highlights Blogs for some inspiration; The Mourne WayThe Sliabh Beagh WayThe Causeway Coast Way.

Charity Challenge Walks

There are lots of opportunities throughout the year to take part in charity challenge walks. Details of upcoming walking events can be found on the WalkNI Events Calendar. You may also wish to organise your own sponsored walk with family and friends to raise money for a good cause? Many charities offer fundraising packs to help you with arranging this.

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Walking Festivals

Walking festivals are the ideal way to explore somewhere new with people who know the area best. Suitable for all ages and abilities, the programmes often include a range of guided family friendly, lowland, intermediate and high-level walks. Full details and dates can be found on the WalkNI Walking Festivals Map

Bucket List Walks

WalkNI recieves lots of messages and comments about the following popular walks. How many have you yet to discover?

With so many health benefits and fantastic walks to discover, there really is no better time to get out for a walk. Check out for more blogs, events and routes sure to inspire. 

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Officer & Active Clubs Coordinator for Walking

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She oversees the marketing and communication on WalkNI, OutdoorNI and Walking in Your Community Project. Most recently she has been working with Parkrun Ireland & UK to introduce the 'Walk @ parkrun' initiative.

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