We all know that keeping active regularly is good for our physical, mental health, and wellbeing. But with busy weeks, families, jobs and responsibilities, it can be hard to prioritise exercise, which can place our health at risk. While the amount of required physical activity varies depending on someone’s age, meeting your minimum health goals can be as easy as getting up and reaching a daily step target.
A number of major health organisations and groups encourage people to take up the 10,000 steps challenge, setting the specific target for individuals to reach each day. But many have asked, where does the 10,000 steps number come from and does it result in targeted health benefits by taking that many steps a day? Is this a myth or is it factual?
It is reported that regular walking can reduce your risk of common health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, obesity and heart disease*.
While there is no specific step count number that is preferred by health specialists, the idea of having a fitness goal that suits each individuals needs can be that goal that keeps us accountable each day. So, you could pick a goal like 10,000 steps, see if it is achievable and observe how it makes you feel when incorporated into your day. The power of small wins goes a long way!
The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care recommends 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity each week, such as a brisk walk*.
10,000 steps can seem like a daunting mission, especially for those who have jobs that require sitting more than active movement. But there are a number of ways that you can pick up that step count, without too much extra effort in your day-to-day!
- Pick a further parking spot and walk.
- Schedule a reminder to get up for a walk during the work day.
- Use the stairs instead of an escalator.
- Walk instead of driving for short trips.
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*mayoclinic.org – Walking reduces common health problem risks
*Australian Government – Physical activity guidelines for adults