Walk This WayMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
research has shown Americans walking less than other nations studied with lower obesity rates
. Their conclusions suggest we try to increase our walking in our daily routines
, as USA today has prepared some handy tips.
Fewer than 5,000 steps a day is considered sedentary;
5,000 to 7,499, low active; 7,500 to 9,999, somewhat active;
10,000 or more active
2,000 steps is a mile
Their suggestions are in addition to decreasing caloric intake
, to add 3 to 4 thousand steps per day. Excerpts from their chart include:
- Taking a good 20 minute walk at lunchtime can account for 2,000 steps per day
- Four laps around a sports track is one mile, or 2,000 steps.
- At work, consider walking to people near you to communicate, over email or phone. Small distances over the day can add up!
- Take 100 step walk breaks during the day; Try taking longer walks in your routine including longer route to restroom, and extended walking before shopping at a mall.
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