Story by: Norton Healthcare on July 7, 2017
Walking is the simplest way to get fit — you can do it anywhere, anytime.
The average American takes 5,117 steps a day, which is equivalent to walking just over 2.5 miles. That may sound like good exercise, but 2.5 miles a day is far less than how much you need to walk to improve your health.
Researchers define those who walk 2,000 to 3,000 steps per day as sedentary. Boosting that to 6,000 steps a day significantly reduces health risks, and 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day promotes weight loss, even without changes in your diet.
It doesn’t matter how you get your steps — whether it’s from walking on a treadmill or vacuuming laps around the couch, it all adds up.
To get an average accounting of how active you are, wear a pedometer for several days. Then, set that as the minimum and plan to increase your daily steps incrementally until you reach 10,000 per day.
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