If you have a Fitbit or a Garmin or a Nike or any type of activity tracker, you likely had a default goal of taking 10,000 steps per day. And while 10,000 seems like it might be an arbitrary number, turns out, it’s not.
Research has proven that 10,000 steps a day — which equals about five miles — can help your health.
One study found that people who take more than 10,000 steps a day have lower blood pressure levels and better cardiovascular fitness. Another study determined that getting close to 10,000 steps helps lower blood glucose levels and cuts the risk of developing diabetes. Also, experts say that this amount of activity can help you maintain your weight.
Ten thousand steps might sound like a lot, but you’ll need to move more if your goal is weight loss. This amount of activity can help keep your weight steady, but it isn’t usually enough to make the scale go down.
Here are some tips from Fitbit for how you can get your steps in while still remaining productive at work.
Remember, though, fitness isn’t one size fits all. Trying to walk five miles a day might be too much for seniors or folks who are looking to get back into shape. Instead, try aiming for around 3,000 steps per day and building up to a comfortable point from there.