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Nov 21

10,000 steps a day…The benefits

As promised in the last post, here is a bit more information about the health benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day.

History

About 40 years ago in Japan the idea was developed that walking 10,000 steps a day will help you keep fit and healthy without the need for additional exercise. So ideally, between the first plundering steps to the bathroom in the morning, to the last few as we crawl into bed at night, we should have walked 10,000 steps, which is roughly 5 miles or 8 kilometres.

Getting to 10,000 steps a day

If you have got a Pedometer you know how many steps you normally walk each day, so it could just be a case of cancelling the milkman and walking to the corner shop instead of driving, but if you’re stuck at a desk all day, you could be miles off 10,000 steps a day.

If you do have a way to go to reach the 10,000 steps a day target, build up slowly. Aim for an extra 10% or 500-1,000 steps a day. This way you can ease the change into your routine and stick to it, you’re also much less likely to do yourself an injury by doing too much, too soon.

Where to find the extra steps

  • Park at the far end of the car park
  • Instead of dropping the kids off in front of the school, park a couple of streets before it and walk them the rest of the way
  • Don’t go round the shopping centre or supermarket in a logical order, you’ll be amazed how far you can walk going back and forth
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator
  • Give the dog an extra 5 minutes on his walk
  • Stop emailing colleagues in the same office, instead go over and talk to them
  • Go for a walk during your lunch break, walk to get your lunch or to find somewhere to eat your lunch

What’s the best way to start?

Using your pedometer, find out how many steps you take during a normal day. It could be as little as 900 or as much as 5,000 depending on what you do. Interestingly, city dwellers who use public transport walk far more than country dwellers. Aim to take your highest total number of steps daily for a week or so, remembering to log the numbers every night in a diary to keep track.

As soon as you feel comfortable, try to increase your steps to 10,000 a day.

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  1. Schlauchboot

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    Hi,
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  4. Frank

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  5. thanks for the kind words Frank

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