STEPPING UP FOR HEALTH

Stepping up for health, a look at how 3 different adults chalk up 10,000 steps

(From left) Assistant brand manager Clara Chua, Administrative assistant Peter Pan and Administrative executive Irene Lim.
(From left) Assistant brand manager Clara Chua, Administrative assistant Peter Pan and Administrative executive Irene Lim.ST PHOTOS: ALVIN HO, KHALID BABA
Besides exercising at the gym before work thrice a week, Ms Clara Chua walks for five to 10 minutes to eateries near her workplace to have lunch. Her step count reaches 13,000 to 16,000 on days that she exercises.
Besides exercising at the gym before work thrice a week, Ms Clara Chua walks for five to 10 minutes to eateries near her workplace to have lunch. Her step count reaches 13,000 to 16,000 on days that she exercises.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO
Mr Peter Pan doing a squat and turn exercise. The administrative assistant tries to be more active by walking to and from the MRT station at work, or walking to coffee shops farther away from his workplace.
Mr Peter Pan doing a squat and turn exercise. The administrative assistant tries to be more active by walking to and from the MRT station at work, or walking to coffee shops farther away from his workplace.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Ms Irene Lim does exercises such as push-ups and sit-ups before heading to work every day.
Ms Irene Lim does exercises such as push-ups and sit-ups before heading to work every day.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

10,000 steps a day may seem like a big number, but how difficult is it really to hit this popular fitness goal? Experts say what's important is getting yourself moving. Better yet, don't just walk, but brisk walk or jog - to get your heart rate up. Felicia Choo looks at three adults of different ages to see how they manage to clock more steps despite their office jobs.

Assistant brand manager

Average daily step count: 9,500

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2018, with the headline 'She stays active by hitting the gym regularly'. Print Edition | Subscribe