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Health Benefits of Taking More Steps

January 17, 2017

Regular, brisk walking can help you:*

  • Maintain a healthy weight;
  • Prevent or manage chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and
    Type 2 diabetes;
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles;
  • Lower risk for certain cancers;
  • Improve your mood, sleep, and immune system;
  • Improve your balance and coordination.

Ways to increase steps:

  • Park farther away and walk to your destination.
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime.
  • Get up from your desk or the couch every 30 minutes and walk for 1 minute.
  • If your destination (restaurant, store, pharmacy) is less than 1 mile away, walk there.

How much should you walk?**

  • Aim for two to four miles per day (1 mile = approx. 2,000 steps).
  • People who walk longer distances and/or walk at a faster pace have greater
    protection against disease.

*Sourced from The Mayo Clinic; **Sourced from Harvard Health