It now appears that an apple needs to be accompanied by 10000 steps a day to keep the doctor away ;-). Many studies are continuing to confirm what many experts already knew: walking is good for you. And while 10,000 steps a day may seem like a lot of walking (approximately 5 miles a day for the average stride), there are plenty of ways to weave these steps into your daily routine. Many phones can track your daily steps; a pedometer can be clipped to your belt during the day and keep the count for you; or try a FitBit! From those first groggy steps in the morning to the last crawl into bed each evening…every step counts.
Before we go into the tips of how you can get to 10,000 steps a day, let’s take a closer look at why walking is worth every step. These are just a few of the many health benefits that walking 30 minutes a day can do for you:
So what’s magical about 10,000 steps a day? This concept came about over 40 years ago from a Doctor in Japan, claiming that those that walked ten thousand steps a day were living longer, happier and healthier lives than those that don’t. This concept gained some recent momentum when the US Surgeon General started promoting the 30-minutes of exercise per day and the 10,000 steps a day concept.
Ten thousand steps a day may sound like an awful lot, but our days are long and there are plenty of opportunities to fit in all those steps. Let’s take a look at some ideas of how to squeeze in some more steps into routine parts of the day so that you can reach 10000 steps a day. The numbers below assume an average stride of 30” or 2.5 feet (5,280 feet = 1 mile):