In the U.S, the average adults takes between 3,000 and 4,000 steps every day. This is equivalent to about 1.5 miles to two miles.
The thing about walking is that it does not require any special equipment or preparation other than a good pair of walking shoes. Someone who is taking 10,000 steps a day is fairly active.
For most people, it takes setting up a goal and making a deliberate effort to walk this many steps a day.
There are a number of benefits of doing so.
Walking 10,000 steps a day helps the risk of common health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and even depression.
The recommendation of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services is 150 minutes a week of exercise that is of moderate intensity which describes brisk walking perfectly.
Here are some tips to increase your step count.
- Walk the dog or other pets that you have. If you don’t have one, become a paid or voluntary dog walker. There must be neighbors who could use the help.
- Walk to the beat. An upbeat tune will get you pumped and keep you going so that you go further and achieve your goal.
- Make it a fun activity. Walking is a fun activity that even kids can participate in. Make it fun by setting up a picnic at the park, beach or other place and have a friend or the family take a hike to and from the site.
- Take more steps at work and at home. While it is easy to shoot a colleague an email or Skype message, get up from your desk and go to them and up the steps you take in a day.
- Take the stairs. Talking a flight of steps is another way to walk more. Climbing up the stairs is also effective exercise.
- Park further or walk. Sometimes, you take the car because it is a habit and not because you need to. Walk to the grocery store if it isn’t too far away and work those arm muscles as you walk back with your purchases. If you must take the car, park further than you usually would and walk the rest of the way.