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How many Steps a Day?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Hi All,

I was talking to a client today about walking and the massive impact that adding in a decent amount of low level physical activity can have on weight control and weight loss.

Why is walking so good?

  • You don’t have to plan it, so you can be spontaneous! All you need are your feet and a pair of trainers or comfy shoes.
  • You can do it whatever the weather. If it’s raining, don’t be put off, grab a coat and wellies and get out there. The kids will love jumping in the puddles too.
  • It’s sociable – take a friend and have a good natter. Or have a nice long chat with your family.
  • It’s a great way to make short journeys instead of taking the car; and you save money.
  • You’re probably doing it already.
  • It’s FREE!

What does walking do for you?

  • Walking is good for bones and muscles: helping your kids grow up big and strong.
  • It burns calories: in fact a brisk walk burns the same amount of calories as a run over the same distance!
  • It builds stamina.
  • It helps beat stress: walking can make you feel good and more relaxed.
  • It can cut your risk of heart disease by up to 50%, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and the risk of some cancers
  • It boosts your immune system for 24 hours
  • It can even lower your blood pressure.

10,000 steps per day is what would be considered active

12,500 steps per day would be considered very active

It sounds a lot more than you think as when walking briskly you cover about 500 steps in 5 minutes.  These figures include EVRY step you take in a day, so the idea would be that you wear your pedometer from the moment you get up to the moment that you go to bed.  I you do not have a pedometer what we suggest is that you do a 30 minute walk each day, if you find it hard to get in 30 mins then this can be broken down into more manageable chunks for you.

Look out for the Foresight Pedometer Challenge comming soon!