One Step at a Time

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Whether meandering from the couch to the refrigerator for a snack or cruising around the block as part of an exercise routine, almost everyone includes some walking into their day. Walking is a great form of exercise for achieving better health and burning calories. But do you know the recommended amount of walking to achieve optimum benefits?

bigstock-Runner-feet-running-on-road-cl-33686270Studies show that walking 10,000 steps, or about 5 miles, is an excellent daily goal for most people. But you don’t have to do endless laps around the local high school track; steps throughout your day all add up to a healthier you. Try wearing a pedometer to help you monitor how close you are to reaching your goal—whether you start by aiming for 5,000, 10,000 or 20,000 steps a day. Here are some ways to incorporate more steps into your daily life:

  • Climb the stairs instead of awkwardly staring down strangers in the elevator.
  • Park a few spots farther from the door and stretch your legs with long strides before shuffling through a crowded store.
  • If you sit at a desk all day, drink a lot of water. Your body will periodically remind you to get up for a stroll to the restroom.
  • Window-shop downtown or at the mall instead of surfing online stores.
  • Give in to those puppy eyes and take your dog for a walk.

Every step counts so keep walking! Although a vigorous walk of at least 30 minutes has additional benefits, reaching 10,000 steps every day is a great start toward better health.

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