Are You Walking 10,000 Steps A Day?

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The most humbling part of my trip to New York last week was nothing more than a glance down at my iPhone that revealed an app called Health.  Apple auto-installs this on new phones, I think, since I can tell you with certainty I would not have had the interest to install it myself.   I clicked it, though, unaware that it was tracking my steps already for months and months with a build-in pedometer.  Clever stuff.  Also, shocking stuff.

The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention say that 7-8,000 steps of walking a day are all you need to stay well.  Sedentary people log 1000-3000 steps a day.

Apparently, when you are sedentary as an adult you increase your health risks dramatically.

Your risk of experience anything – from strokes to cancer to depression to heart attacks-  decrease dramatically as your activity increases.

10,000 steps a day is the recommendation.

Apparently I was only 10% of the way to healthy and active in my LA lifestyle lately.

Sedentary.  Me.  Wellness expert.  Advocate of motion and flow.  Sedentary.

Here’s how and why I started walking around more… and why I hope you do, too!

pedometer

Yes, I was barely walking 2000 steps in Los Angeles and didn’t realize it.  After all… I drive places… I sit to write even when I’m making things around the house like food or stying or crafts… But… I walked to the corner grocery, walk the dogs.. I was sure I would have at least 6000 steps.

This was my great awakening.

When I moved to Los Angeles I would hike the canyons for at least 45 minutes a day… I would walk most everywhere (as the only person on the sidewalk most times)… and I would go to the gym and yoga, too.

OMG, I’m about to have my old, hyper-active life back!

Are you walking 10,000 steps a day?

A cheap pedometer can tell you.

In my humble opinion it can be a life-changing move.

Live Science breaks down some of the science behind the 10,000 steps a day idea in THIS article:   

“One study found that women who increased their step count to nearly 10,000 steps a day reduced their blood pressure after 24 weeks. Another study of overweight women found that walking 10,000 steps a day improved their glucose levels.

Walking 10,000 steps a day is not an official recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead, the agency recommends adults engage in 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, such as brisk walking. To meet the CDC’s recommendation, you need to walk about 7,000 to 8,000 steps a day, Tudor-Locke said.

Yikes, I am not one to love the “basic recommendations.”  After all, lots of  basic guidelines I read from various official agencies also say that its OK to eat sugar and GMO’s…  So… I’m going for 10,000 steps a day, and not looking back!

Since I’ve been back I’ve had a horrible cold and still logging about 7,000 steps a day.  The more I move around, the faster its going away.

No longer are my “long” dog walks enough exercise, even though they do inspire me.

By the way… walking is also an amazing part of feng shui in my way. Even the short walks:

All this said, I’m getting myself a Fitbit. Or a Jawbone to celebrate my first month of 10,000 steps a day.  Both have the ability to track the quality of sleep you get, and that fascinates me as much as the added walking has really shaken up my life for the better!

Would you be up for a little fitness challenge this Spring/Summer?

xoxo Dana

 

 

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