Will 10,000 Steps A Day Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals?

Here at the clinic we certainly have a made a concerted effort.

We feel getting take away coffee from down the road is well worth the extra 1000 steps!!!

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Walking 10,000 steps a day is now widely recommended by exercise experts as a target number for improving your health.

The number was not developed from scientific research and it isn’t a magic number that will improve everyone’s health if everyone walks that many steps a day. Some people should walk less and some should walk even more.

There has been some research to support the health benefits of this recommendation. It has been linked to weight loss, increased physical activity and reduced blood pressure.

Additionally, those who walk between 5,000 and 10,000 steps a day are 40 percent less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, which is a condition that can predispose you to diabetes and heart problems. If your step count is 10,000 or more per day, you are 72 percent less likely to develop this condition.1

A study asked overweight women to wear pedometers. Half of the group was asked to walk briskly for 30 minutes, most days of the week while the other group of women was asked to walk 10,000 steps a day.

The group who counted their steps averaged over 10,000 a day while the other group only averaged 8,270 to 9,505 on the days they DID meet their 30-minute goals, and only 5,597 on the days they didn’t exercise for 30 minutes.

This study indicates that setting your walking goal in a certain number of steps per day versus a certain number of minutes per day may be the best way to increase physical activity.

The majority of people do not walk 10,000 steps per day. Most people only achieve 3,000 to 6,000 steps a day.

The best way to count your steps is to use a pedometer. A pedometer is a small device that is clipped onto your waistband or belt and will count each step that you take. Of course they can do much more than that, such as tracking your total mileage and calories burned, but a simple one is all you really need to count your daily steps.

Nicole Graham

Receptionist – LET’S TALK

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