How many steps do we take each day? A relatively active person takes 5,000-7,500. To get up to 10,000 takes a bit more effort.
I started the regimen of 10,000 steps each day about three years ago but haven’t always followed it consistently. I would lose my pedometer, or the weather was bad (too hot or too cold)---you know the drill.
Today I’m returning to my commitment of walking 10,000 steps each day, but I’ll have to guess at it until I get a new pedometer. I know what 10,000/day feels like: pretty tired at night and ready for bed, which is a good thing!
I'm going to get this pocket pedometer, which will be more convenient than the type that clips on at the waist.
So how far is 10,000 steps anyway? About 5 miles, the experts say.
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On the days I really made the effort to walk as much as possible, I found I still needed to take one extra walk at the end of the day to get my 10,000. But it's surprising how many steps you take just performing your daily activities, remembering to take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther from the store, do the extra chores instead of watching television, and taking the dog for an extra walk.
Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of walking:
I read that the Japanese first started using the 10,000 steps a day number, as part of a marketing campaign for pedometers. Since that campaign, however, medical authorities around the world have agreed that 10,000 is a healthy number to aim for.
The American Heart Association uses the 10,000 steps metric as a guideline for improving health and decreasing risk of heart disease.
Another good thing about walking: it’s free! No expensive exercise equipment; no gym fees; no driving to get to a class. And oh yes, it’s a way to lose those extra pounds we might have accumulated over the holidays!
Will you join me in getting into the habit of walking 10,000 steps each day?