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“I have to get my steps in.”
Chances are you’ve heard this before (and maybe said it yourself), but do you understand the benefits of this fitness trend?
In an age where we have access to an enormous variety of fitness trackers and fancy workout classes, one health tactic has stayed simple: walking. Of course, it is a pretty basic exercise, but walking has some significant health benefits. Regular walking can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other conditions by helping manage your blood pressure, weight loss, blood sugar and cholesterol.123 It can also bolster your immune system, keep your bones and joints healthy and boost your mental health.45
Recent studies found a strong association between daily steps and a decline in certain health risks, with 10,000 steps as the sweet spot. For example, one study found that individuals taking approximately 10,000 steps per day seemed to have lower cancer, cardiovascular disease and mortality rates.6 Another study indicates that getting 10,000 steps can also help lower your risk of dementia.7 Though the speed and intensity in which you accomplish these steps factor in, aiming for a baseline of 10,000 steps a day is a great place to start.
On top of the associated health benefits, it’s nice to have a goal. It’s far more motivating to see those numbers climb up (if you’re using a smartphone or activity tracker) while walking.
Though you can stick to recommended lengths of time for your exercise routines, setting a 10,000-step goal provides you with much more flexibility. Whether you’re in the gym, heading to school or work, running errands, sightseeing, or walking the dog — they all count towards your goal. Ultimately, it is a fitness goal that can be accomplished alongside your everyday tasks. Happy stepping!
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