So, how much do you walk each day? Do you know how many steps you are taking moving around the house or walking towards the bus station/ parking lot? Most of us have no idea and let’s face it: who is that bored as to count the steps they are taking?

But you don’t need to count the steps yourself. In today’s world there are devices that will do the counting for you. And the best part is that you can choose from a wide range of products. Starting with the regular pedometer and ending with sophisticated software devices that connect with your phone and create graphs that show you how active you’ve been.

Regardless of the technology you choose, most of them will try to determine you to take at least 10,000 steps each day. Why? Well, first of all, walking is a moderate to intense form of exercise which is quite benefic for the body and general fitness. Even more, if you manage to walk the 10,000 recommended steps each day, you will cover about 5 miles each day which is pretty impressive.

walkingThe benefits of walking

While the science between the idea of 10,000 steps each day is not based on real studies, walking is recommended by all medical and health specialist. Let’s take a look and see why:

  • A boost in the daily calorie burn – if you’re looking to lose weight but don’t have the time to exercise, adding a few extra thousand steps to your daily routine will help. For example, an average middle age person weighing about 70Kg will burn around 400 extra calories with this challenge. The secret is to put your heart into it and pick up the pace – the 10,000 steps must be brisk, not a walk in the park.
  • Improves the general state of health – by walking more, you move more and this is equal to an improved state of health. Also, as you speed up the pace, you’ll speed up the blood flow and stimulate the elimination of toxins.
  • Muscle toning – there’s nothing better for your legs’ muscles than a brisk walk in the park!
  • Great for when in recovery – if you’ve suffered an injury from the regular sport your practice, walking is the best physical activity to consider. It’s moderate in intensity and keeps alert while you’re recovering.

How do I actually walk 10,000 steps?

The average American walks about 5,900 steps each day. So how do you add 4,000 more without completely messing up your daily schedule? Well, this is simple: find ways to walk more! Here are a few tips that might help you:

  • Get off the bus or train a station before your regular one and walk the rest of the way. Of course, if you live nearby, it’s best to walk the entire distance. It may seem exhausting at first, but you’ll learn to love it.
  • Take the stairs – if you usually take the elevator (at home or at work) it’s best to change your habits. Try taking the stairs as often as possible – this will add an extra hundred steps to your usual number.
  • Don’t go shopping with your car – besides the fact that you will be more selective with what you buy (because of the weight), you’ll also get to walk more. Go to the local market and take a tour first.

Of course, there are more tips to consider, but these should get you moving. Once you start to feel better you’ll find you own ways to increase the number of steps each day.

10,000 steps a day: A real challenge or a myth?