- It was selected after research revealed that men who burn at least 2,000 calories per week have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease
- 10,000 steps a day equals about five miles
Your best friend is sporting the newest FitBit, your boss just announced a zombie-inspired walking challenge, and your mom is suddenly more interested in counting steps than Weight Watchers points. Meanwhile, all of them want to know if you're managing to rack up 10,000 steps a day. So are you? And if you're not, should you be?
When 10,000 Steps a Day Is Too Much
Should You Aim Higher?
How to Up Your Count, One Step at a Time
- Instead of "park and ride," do the "park and walk," says Bassett. Drive until you're a mile or two from your office, then hoof it the rest of the way.
- Take your kids on a treasure hunt, complete with a map and prizes. Or get in on a real-life treasure hunt by joining the geocaching craze. All you need is a GPS-enabled device (such as your smartphone).
- Host a walking meeting instead of joining your team at the conference table.
- Get a treadmill desk. Some models cost thousands of dollars, but if you're crafty and you already own a treadmill (or can score a used one) you can DIY one for next to nothing.