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10,000 Steps

How many steps do you walk each day?

Maybe you have heard the recent guidelines about walking 10,000 steps per day. How far is 10,000 steps anyway? The average person's stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles.

When walking 10,000 steps a day consider these guidelines:

  1. To prevent injury, slowly and gradually increase the number of steps you walk each day. Start with a few steps a day and gradually increase it each day. It is wise to consult your doctor first before engaging in any strenuous physical exercise especially if you suffer from ailments in your legs, hips, knees, or ankles.

  2. Invest in a good quality pair of padded or cushioned shoes designed for walking.

  3. Wear a pedometer properly in order to keep a record of your daily steps for the first two weeks. Remember not to do anything to change your normal daily routine; this is to get a benchmark of your "normal" daily activity.

  4. When you feel confident, take the highest number of steps that you have walked in your two week period.  Use this as your target for your daily step count for the next two weeks.  Repeat as you feel comfortable to encourage yourself to walk more.

    Slowly increase your step count until you can do 10,000 steps every day. Please note that you may be risking injury if you complete more than 500,000 steps on a given day.

  5. Should you feel pain or experience any problems physically while you are increasing your normal daily activity, stop and consult your doctor.

While not everybody can achieve walking 10,000 steps a day, almost everybody can discover ways to promote walking in their everyday routine so as to build up a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

If you can not afford to walk 30 minutes each day all at one time, then take 5, 10, or 15 little walks throughout your day, because every step counts towards living a healthier lifestyle.

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10,000 Steps Winner

Congratulations to our October winner Dianne Hildebrand for walking over 100,000 steps!

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