Do you need to walk 10,000 steps per day?
Updated: Oct 2, 2019
We, amongst many other health professionals will ask clients to aim for 10,000 steps per day as long as you’re fit and healthy.
10,000 steps roughly equates to one hour of exercise, our nations guideline per day.
An hour of exercise per day has been shown to:
· Reduce risk of heart attack
· Reduce risk of heart failure
· Reduce risk of stroke
· Reduce risk of type 2 diabetes
· Increase bone mass
· Increase muscle mass
The list goes on and on.
With such an array of benefits, its a no brainer that we should be trying to up our step count.
but it can be tough if you’re working a sedentary job.
Here are a few tips to try hit that magic number!
1. Walk to work.
2. Take the stairs.
3. Schedule frequent breaks at work. Even Two or three minutes of activity will add up and clear your head before you get back to the desk.
4. Park further away from the door.
5. Go for a walk during lunch.
6. Organise short hikes on the weekend.
But why 10,000?
To be honest, it’s just a well rounded arbitrary number.
The first wearable pedometer was made in Japan and its name literally translates to “10,000 steps.” Since then, it has stuck.
Don't worry if you cant get your 10,000 steps in some days. You can balance it out by doing a few extra thousand on the weekend.
And remember, If fat loss is your goal, 10,000 steps equates too roughly 500 calories burned a day. In other words, one pound of fat per week!