We all know exercise is great for staying fit and healthy as well as being a powerful mood booster.
In these busy times, however, it can be a challenge to incorporate enough physical activity into the daily routine. One great way of getting more exercise is to aim for 10,000 steps a day. This is a fun, achievable challenge – and one that could even be the journey to a healthier, happier you.
One of the best things about walking is that it doesn’t require any special equipment. Just a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes and you’re good to go. And as well as being a convenient form of exercise, walking is completely free!
Start out on the journey to 10,000 Steps here – and discover some of the important health benefits of walking.
Walking for health brings a host of benefits. If you meet the goal of walking 10,000 steps on five or more days per week, you’ll be getting the recommended amount of moderate-intensity physical activity – and some extra too. .
On top of this, 10,000 Steps brings a host of health benefits:
The moderate physical activity that walking provides means there’s a feel-good factor from the endorphins released. On top of this, it can lower the risk of depression by 30%.*
Being out and about in the sunshine will increase your vitamin D levels. The body makes vitamin D when exposed to sunlight during the warmer months.
Take 10,000 steps a day and you’ll be reducing a number of health risks. Getting the recommended amount of exercise means:
- Reducing risk of early death by 30%
- Reducing risk of type 2 diabetes by 50%
- Reducing risk of heart disease and stroke by 35%
All that walking burns off energy and this has two big benefits – you will be working off calories as you go, and sleeping better at night.**
Are you ready to set 10,000 steps as your fitness goal? It could be the best health and wellbeing decision you make this year.
*Source: NHS Choices – Benefits of exercise
**Source NY Times – How Exercise Can Help Us Sleep Better