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