Walking: Key To Staying Active and Independent

Did you get your 10,000 steps today? Many people have adopted this daily walking goal to obtain the recommended amount of physical activity. The 10,000-steps-a-day number comes from the Japanese brand name of a pedometer manufactured in the 1960s, the “10,000 steps meter.” In the Fitbit era, counting daily steps remains appealing to many people as a source of motivation.

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In the US, adults are urged to get the equivalent of 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise. Walking is a popular way to meet those recommendations, particularly in older adults or people who are relatively physically inactive.

Although 10,000 steps is a worthy challenge, aiming for more exercise than you normally get—unless you are one of the few who regularly trains for marathons or triathlons—comes with benefits. Any amount or type of physical activity adds to your daily goal. Regularly taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking farther away from your destination, can make a measurable improvement in your health.

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Filed under aging, Exercise, exercise and brain health, exercise benefits, successful aging, walking

2 responses to “Walking: Key To Staying Active and Independent

  1. True walking is very beneficial for older adults. I work in assisted living and we order physical therapy and try to keep them walking for as long as possible because when they cannot walk anymore they decline.
    I on the other hand put in 4 miles of walking at work being a nurses aide and I walk my dogs and hike.
    Informative post thanks for sharing!

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