When you’re counting your daily steps, are 10,000 enough for you — or maybe too many? Learn how walking can help improve your health and how to set the right goal. By Thom Rieck
. . . The average American walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day, or roughly 1.5 to 2 miles. It’s a good idea to find out how many steps a day you walk now, as your own baseline. Then you can work up toward the goal of 10,000 steps by aiming to add 1,000 extra steps a day every two weeks.
Benefits of walking
Why set a daily step goal? Walking is a form of exercise that’s available to most people. You don’t need any special equipment other than some supportive walking shoes. And there’s no need for an expensive membership at a fitness center.
Yet walking for regular activity can help reduce your risk of these common health problems:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- 10,000 steps a day: Too low? Too high? – Mayo Clinic
Do you realize to reap these health benefits, we all have to take the first step? In the same way, if you’re struggling with codependency, control issues, substance use, or other behavioral disorders, then how about we all start with Step One?