Many of us know about the goal of walking 10,000 steps a day, but recent media reports have questioned the validity of this figure. Although the ideal amount of steps per day will differ for everyone, depending on activity levels and overall health, here are three reasons why aiming for a target of 10,000 remains a good idea.
It is a Realistic Target
10,000 sounds like a huge number, right? But when you remember that this can include all of the steps you take within your house (including all of those afternoon trips to the fridge), this number can add up pretty quickly. Studies have shown that people wearing step monitors have been surprised at how many steps they are actually doing each day. If you’re struggling to reach this target, try simple things like pacing your office when you’re on the phone (as opposed to sitting down), offering to tidy up the communal kitchen after lunch if you work in an office, or going for a short but brisk walk during your lunch hour or post-work.
You Will See The Benefits
Although 10,000 steps per day is a doable target, it is also enough steps for you to see and feel a difference in your body. Over time, your legs will get stronger, your cardio fitness will improve, and you will feel more energized. Often, people walking around 10,000 steps each day also report a boost to their overall mood, as they get to spend more time outside, feeling good in their body.
Make it a Social Thing
It can feel challenging to fit it fitness, socializing, rest, and work into one week. If you’re meeting a friend for coffee on the weekend, why not make your social time walking time, too? Unless the weather is awful, suggest to your friend that you get take-out drinks and walk with them. This way, you’ll get to spend time with a pal whilst enjoying the benefits of increased exercise.