Do You Take 10,000 Steps Per Day?

by Paula | January 21, 2015 1:50 am

Did you know that many fitness experts recommend that you walk 10,000 steps every day? Monitoring your daily steps with a simple pedometer can be an effective way to increase your activity level.How far is 10,000 steps anyway? The average person’s stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles.

Simple changes such as parking farther away in parking lots, and walking at your lunch break or taking your dog for a walk after dinner can help increase your daily-steps-taken.  These are good ‘baby-steps’ toward increasing your overall activity levels if you are just beginning an exercise program.  When you begin to build some endurance, it is effective for weight-loss to add hand weights, hills or investigate some additional forms of exercise such as stationary bikes, weight training, yoga or pilates.

Health.USA.com[1] re-enforces that though walking is a healthy choice for those who are massively overweight, or obese, without the nutrition component in place, it is not a weight-loss-panacea.

“The meta-analysis specifically looked at studies of folks with overweight or obesity who undertook pedometer-based walking programs that didn’t include specific dietary change components. The authors identified nine studies that met their inclusion criteria, and they then pooled the studies’ results together. On average, participants increased their average daily number of steps by close to 4,000 and did so for a 16-week period. So did they lose weight? Well, yes, after spending four months walking an extra one to two miles per day, the average walker was seen to have lost 3.13 pounds – an amount that was just barely deemed statistically significant.”

LiveScience.com[2] reports; “Walking 10,000 steps a day is not an official recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead, the agency recommends adults engage in 150 minutes of moderate activity a week[3], such as brisk walking. To meet the CDC’s recommendation, you need to walk about 7,000 to 8,000 steps a day.”

 

Endnotes:
  1. Health.USA.com: http://health.usa.com/
  2. LiveScience.com: http://livescience.com/
  3. 150 minutes of moderate activity a week: http://www.livescience.com/36959-exercise-states.html

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