10,000 Steps a Day? Yes Way!

10,000 Steps a Day? Yes Way!

Daily physical activity is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Combined with a good diet and sufficient sleep, moderate exercise can help lower your blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, just to name a few.

An easy way to incorporate physical activity is...walking. Seriously? Seriously! Now, I don't necessarily mean going for a nice, leisurely stroll (though, that can be good, too), but instead more of a vigorous, purposeful walk. Some light jogging wouldn't hurt, either! Another recommendation is 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Check out this post I wrote in the fall about Fit-in-15, which has great suggestions on how to make time for exercise in your busy schedule.

10,000 steps may seem like an arbitrary goal...and it is...sort of. That being said, it's a reasonable benchmark. You know that smartphone you're (likely) holding in your hand right now? It has a vast array of accelerometers and gyroscopes and...other electronic wizardry that can measure the number of steps you take in a day, the number of kilometres you walk, etc. There are also great Apple and Android apps you can download that give you a more comprehensive breakdown of your daily physical activity. Or, you can get a good old fashioned pedometer to count your steps.

A great article outlining the benefits of 10,000 steps a day, and strategies on how to achieve your goal, can be found at Participaction

The takeaway from all this is that 10,000 steps a day is a way to set a daily goal. Start at at 5,000 steps and work your way up. Keep track of your progress! Tell people about your achievements! You should feel good about it!

Pack It Light, Wear It Right

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