10,000 Steps a Day to Better Health

It’s a fact, Americans are becoming over weight at a terrifying rate and the rest of the world is not too far behind. We are eating more junk food and exercising less or getting no exercise at all. Our health is on a rapid decline and doctor and hospital visits are at all time highs. Just a quick 30-minute walk a day can slowly improve your health.

Disease is spreading like wild fire. Heart and cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, high blood sugar levels, diabetes, obesity, and more. Most General practitioners recommend getting at least 20-30 minutes of moderate activity each day, but most people don’t even come close.

Studies have shown the average person will take about 3000 to 5000 steps a day, and for so many people much less. We need to face it, we do not get the exercise our ancestors did a 100 or so years ago and we tend to eat more refined foods in the modern age. For some people, the steps they take are from a chair in front of the Television to the fridge to fill up on snacks. For a lot of other people, like me, we use computers as the main part of our jobs so we are required to sit down for a large part of the day.

There are many fitness experts who recommend we walk 10,000 steps throughout the day to maintain our weight and overall good health. 10,000 steps is approximately 5 miles, give or take depending on the length of your legs. It is a great idea to purchase and wear a pedometer to count how many steps you take each day. Follow the directions that usually come with the pedometer. You should try to do this for a few weeks and you will get a good average on the amount of steps you take each day. Just remember your goal is to reach 10,000 or more steps every day. There is no magic behind 10,000, but it is a good number to aim for to keep you in a peak state of health.

On average, a person will burn about 100 calories walking a mile, however this does depend on your age, size, and levels of fitness. The more you weigh, the more calories you will burn.

Try to be creative when attempting to increate your step coount. While at work, go for walks at lunchtime. Go for walks with your spouse or children. Take the dog for a walk or the cat if you have to. Take a walk to the corner store instead of driving, or if that is too far park your car at the far end of the car park. Try using the stairs where possible instead of using the elevator. To increase my step count I take brisk 2-mile walks around my local neighborhood 2 times a day everyday (aerobic walking). You need to do what works best for you within your schedule, but make sure you do it! You will need a good pair of runners (shoes) and socks to prevent blisters on your feet when walking for exercise (like aerobic walking). Forget the excuses start today!


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