I have a desk job and I thought I'd share a few of my ways of clocking up a few hundred/thousand steps easily:-
When I'm brushing my teeth first and last thing I jog on the spot for the few mins I brush - its amazing how easy it is to add a few hundred steps like this
When I'm doing the ironing, I'll iron an item and then go put it away, this requires more steps as I move back and forth between rooms
The same goes for any household chores, I find ways to move more than necessary.
While waiting on the kettle boiling for a cup of tea I'll run back and forth or on the spot
At work I sometimes do a 100 steps whilst I'm at the loo (I refer to this as loo-jogging
) - I use the loo quite a lot as I drink a lot of water. I'll do those 100 really quickly, gets my heart rate up and takes around 30 seconds.
So you can see how relatively easy it would be for anyone to add a few extra 1000+ steps to their day.
I obviously don't do these all the time, if I'm going to be having a proper walk etc its not necessary. Before work 3 days a week I run 3 - 5 miles and most days I do make time after work for a walk.
I do what it takes to make sure I average 15k steps a day.
My one constant habit is the moving while brushing my teeth thing (both hubby and I do this and sometimes together so our bathroom can feel crowded lol) - its a great way to start and end the day - while the teeth are getting looked after so is the body