Saturday, June 15, 2013

How far do you walk and should you be walking more?

The average person's stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long which means one mile (1.6093km) is just over 2,000 steps and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles (8.0467km). A sedentary person may average about 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day but health experts believe we should be walking 10,000 steps per day. Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your steps each day. Put it on when you get up in the morning and wear it until bed time. Record your daily steps in a log or notebook. By the end of the week you will know your average daily steps. According to the The Walking Site a reasonable goal for most people is to increase average daily steps each week by 500 per day until you can easily average 10,000 per day. You can start with as little as ten minutes per day and gradually increase your walking routine. There are many ways to increase your daily steps, including: walking the dog, using the stairs instead of the elevator, park the car further from the shops, plan a walking meeting and take public transport, and get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding. Continue to track your daily steps and/or mileage; and keep notes on how you feel, how your body is improving, or other changes you are making to improve your health. If you have any health concerns seek your physician's advice prior to starting or changing your exercise routine.

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