Health and fitness researchers are finding that people can achieve health benefits by exercising at a less intense level than previously thought. In other words, someone who is sedentary most of the day but who jogs over the lunch hour may expend as much cumulative energy as someone who is active periodically throughout the entire day.
Two recent studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association have confirmed that this lifestyle approach can be as effective as a traditional exercise program. Many doctors and researchers have found that wearing a step counter is a great way to track your daily activity and inspire you to move more on days you have been sedentary.
To achieve good health, strive to take 10,000 steps a day (the equivalent of walking roughly five miles). A person who walks 10,000 steps a day will burn between 2,000 and 3,500 extra calories per week, which will result in achieving o walking 12,000 to 15,000 steps a day. Walking is a great way to loose weight — and keep it off.
Whether your goal is to achieve good health or to lose weight, put your step counter on when you dress in the morning, and don’t take it off until bedtime. Every step you take through out the day counts.