How Many Steps Should I Take A Day? A New Study Says Less Than You Think

You may have heard the figure 10,000 thrown around when it comes to how many steps to take in a day. Ten thousand may sound like a lot, but you have to remember, our ancestors didn’t have office jobs! They were constantly on the move and didn’t suffer from diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle. People who are largely inactive take between 1,000 and 3,000 steps a day. I recommend you aim for at least 5,000 steps each day and, ideally, 7,500 or more.

Do More Steps Really Mean Better Health?

Studies have shown that walking 10,000 steps a day can aid in weight loss, improve blood pressure, reduce your risk for heart disease, and increase your wellbeing. Another study from the United Kingdom looked at 111 postal workers and the results were startling. Those who walked 15,000 or more steps each day had almost no risk for heart disease. This is huge news, considering heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide.

Now, 15,000 steps could take you more than 3 hours to walk. So it might not be feasible to walk this much every day. Honestly, my concern is not how many steps you walk every day. I’d rather you focus on reducing the amount of time you’re sitting each day. Most people are not active enough.

How Can I Improve My Health?

Walking is an accessible way to start moving right now! Here are some tips to get you started:

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