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Why You Should Walk 10,000 Steps A Day

By Alexis Mills

Walking 10,000 steps a day can seem like it is a big task. With the rise of fitness wearables, there are many people aiming to do this on most days. The majority of Americans are unnaturally sedentary, and the health community recommends that people walk 10,000 steps per day. Overall, this is equivalent to about five miles, which can seem like a significant commitment. This includes all your cumulative steps throughout your day, not that you musttake a five-mile hike in order to achieve this. It is actually healthier to break up your steps throughout the day rather than trying to do them all at once. Conquering this task consistently can make meaningful changes to your overall health.

Health Benefits of Walking 

The human body isn't designed to sit still for hours and hours at a time. It is good for circulation, joints, muscles, and mental clarity to get up and move around as often as you can.

  • Burn body fat
  • Help relieve sleep apnea and insomnia
  • Strengthen legs, hips, and core muscles
  • Increase energy, reduce fatigue
  • Strengthen heart and increase circulation
  • Improve posture, flexibility
  • Reduce stiffness in joints
  • Elevate mood and relieve stress
  • Improve mental alertness, memory, creativity, and problem solving

How to Get 10,000 Steps a Day

Having different lifestyles, which includes having an office job, makes it more difficult to achieve this because your job involves being still in order to complete your work tasks. But it is possible with more effort and strategies to get in your steps, it just takes some focus and dedication. The easiest way to measure the amount of walking you do each day is to get a fitness tracker that you can wear on your wrist or use your phone's built-in pedometer.

Here's how you can reach 10,000 steps:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walk to stores or restaurants when possible instead of driving
  • Park at the far end of the parking lot and walk
  • Take an after-dinner walk around the neighborhood
  • Walk around while you catch up with a friend on the phone
  • Invite a friend or family member to go for a walk
  • Visit local trails and enjoy the outdoors on foot
  • Walk around a neighborhood that you enjoy or want to live in
  • Take a walk on your lunch break
  • Join walking challenges

Although it would be great if we could walk 10,000 steps every day, aim to do it at least four days a week. Know that your overall health is important and deserves the effort and attention to keep your physical and mental health at their best.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pickerington, Ohio.

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