Take a Hike! The Benefits of Walking 10,000 Steps
September 22, 2016
By now, you’ve probably heard of the concept of walking 10,000 steps a day. The concept is a good one: Walk a lot and it will contribute greatly to your health. And it’s fairly easy to execute because you don’t have to travel to a gym and you don’t need any special equipment other than a pair of comfortable shoes.
Over time, unfortunately, the benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day have included weight loss. This misconception appears to be an accident – even the website for Shape Up America has this note about 10,000 steps and weight loss:
But [are 10,000 steps] enough activity to prevent weight regain after a weight loss program? Is it enough activity to prevent overweight in the first place? No. Studies show it is not likely to be enough for either purpose.
So what good will walking 10,000 steps a day do? Plenty. Walking that much helps reduce the chances of many serious illnesses, such as hypertension and heart disease, to name a few. Walking 10,000 steps a day is also good for your mental health, too.
The challenge for most people is the time needed to walk 10,000 steps, which is about 5 miles a day depending on the length of your stride.
So, by all means, if you have the time and the shoes, walk 10,000 steps a day for your general health. But if you want to lose weight and keep it off, we have a separate recommendation.
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