Here's the Real Truth About the 10,000 Step Fitness Goal

Here's the Real Truth About the 10,000 Step Fitness Goal

2020/06/24

While most scientists agree that more movement leads to better fitness levels, as your body doesn't attain the health it needs if you don't exercise enough, 10,000 steps is not a goal that fits everyone. If you aim to — and make — 10,000 steps each day, you'd probably be covering your minimum fitness requirement, because Lee says that the average American clocks up between 4,000 to 5,000 steps a day. 



"If you're inactive and your goal is to become more active, then set a reasonable goal," Lee says, because setting a standard that is too high could end up being demoralizing (via USA Today). Instead, Lee suggests walking 2,000 steps more than your daily average, which should cover your needs.


Lindsay Wilson, clinical professor of geriatric medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, also notes, "I don't think setting the bar at 10,000 steps is a very successful way to approach exercise. Some people are not walkers. They don't have safe neighborhoods, or they feel unsteady on sidewalks. You need to be more creative. Is this a person who needs to go to a gym class or the pool, or sit on a stationary bike?" 



This is especially true of older people who are trying to get fit.















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