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Bobby Brown


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Walking is one of the most innate human activities.

Walking is one of the most innate human activities. Before cars, before the Metro, before horses, etc., humans walked. In many places around the world, walking is still a primary mode of transportation. Yet Americans, as a whole, are unnaturally sedentary.

The health community typically recommends that people walk about 10,000 steps per day for general health. Anything below 5,000 steps per day is considered sedentary. Americans average 5,117. It’s not that walking is impossible in a modern world; similarly industrialized countries clock in at 9,695 (Australia), 9,650 (Switzerland), and 7,168 (Japan).

10,000 steps is equivalent to about five miles. Adding a five-mile walk into your schedule each day may seem like a significant commitment, but keep in mind that the steps are cumulative—every step you take throughout the day counts, whether or not they’re all at the same time.

It’s actually healthier to break up your steps throughout the day rather than getting them all at once. The human body isn’t designed to sit still for hours at a time, and it’s good for your circulation, joints, muscles and mental clarity to get up and move around as often as you can. However, many people who work office jobs find that they need to deliberately “take a walk” in order to meet the 10,000 step guideline.

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING

Walking 10,000 steps most days of the week has a wide range of physical and mental health benefits:

  • Burns body fat

  • Strengthens legs, hips and core muscles

  • Increases energy, reduces fatigue

  • Promotes intestinal regularity

  • Strengthens the heart and increases circulation

  • Reduces stiffness in joints and improves posture and flexibility

  • Improves mental alertness, memory, creativity and problem solving

  • Elevates mood and helps relieve stress

  • Helps relieve sleep apnea and insomnia

The easiest way to measure the amount of walking you get each day is with a fitness tracker like the Fitbit. Most smartphones also have accurate pedometer technology, though you’ll have to keep your phone with you whenever you move.

Press Release comments:

My lifestyle has become more sedentary. In the summer I used to average about a mile a day in my wheelchair all at once.

Now my commute to work is about six feet. That isn't healthy so I do some rolling around the house.

Dennis Thorgesen

I walk to most places or travel by bus, which still invovles walking
The only drawback to walking is wearing out my shoes :)
Graham Commander