How many steps do you think you walk every day? Most people, according to the Irish Heart Foundation, take on average between 3,000 and 5,000 steps every day. This sounds impressive, but there is a worldwide drive to get people more active and walking 10,000 steps per day.
Studies show that walking 10,000 steps per day has significant benefits, including less risk for Type II diabetes and heart disease, increased energy, a lower BMI, and it can trim your waist line. Walking in itself is a great form of exercise, especially if you haven’t been too active, as it’s low impact, it improves cardiovascular fitness, it strengthens your back muscles and bones, and it can help you prepare for more exercise.
First things first, you need the right equipment. A comfortable pair of shoes goes without saying, but it’s worth investing in an activity tracker. The FitBit Flex or Jawbone UP24 are the perfect accessories to accompany you, as they. Not only do they monitor how many steps you’ve taken, but they can also show your sleep patterns and enable you to track food and drink intake.
These devices are designed to be worn all day and track your steps as you go about your daily business. Not only is this a motivational tool as you see yourself get closer to your daily goal, but it’s quite rewarding when you check your stats and see that you’ve surpassed the 10,000 steps. Plus, if that goal is too low for you at any stage, you can up your daily target.
Small changes can make a huge difference and can bring additional benefits. Walk down to meet a neighbour, take the stairs instead of the elevator, get off the bus a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way to work, walk the kids to work, or try to get out for an extra walk with the dog. If you’re walking on your own, you can catch up on audiobooks or listen to music, but walking can also be a social experience and seeing as how it benefits everyone you could encourage those you know to go out with you.
This season, Operation Transformation encouraged groups to get together as part of its One Million Step Challenge. This saw work and community groups come together to walk and compete for a spot on the leaderboard. There’s nothing like a bit of competition to get people up and moving.
Walking is convenient, free and simple to do with just a little change to your daily routine. Invest in an activity tracker and work from there. Not only will you benefit from increased activity now, but long-term health benefits reward you over time, plus it’s quite enjoyable.
In Short: People are being advised to take 10,000 steps per day as part of a healthier lifestyle. Here we list the benefits and outline accessories that can help.