It’s often said that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step, and when that journey is toward improved health, each step may have you reaching your fitness goals much sooner than you imagined. The simple act of walking, something the Japanese have preached and practiced for decades, can go a long way in combating the sedentary lifestyle commonly associated with your average office job. While the Japanese have long established 10,000 steps (roughly 5 miles, depending on stride length) a day as the goal, researchers are still finding plenty of benefits from significantly less steps per day – just 30 minutes of walking, five days a week.
As Dr. Bob Sallis, spokesperson for the Every Body Walk national program explained, “If someone did a study of a drug that had some of these benefits, it would be the standard of care to prescribe it.”
Ten thousand steps can be difficult to work into your schedule, especially if you live in an area where automobile travel is a necessity, but 30 dedicated minutes a day is something almost all of us can easily add to our daily routines. For more information on products that can help track your steps and ideas to increase your walking intensity, click here.