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Steps, Time, Distance: However Measured, Walking Can Reach Health Goals

from Los Angeles Times

At a time when many Americans spend their days exercising nothing but their thumbs to exhaustion, others have grown obsessed with steps.

Each footfall, from getting the mail to getting in a run, is tracked on the way to 10,000 — a not-so-magic number that's been turned into a fitness grail. Ten thousand steps is about five miles, depending on the stride, a distance that seems shorter when you start adding in every step from waking to sleeping. Still, many people barely log 3,000 steps per day.

You'd have to live in another galaxy to have missed the admonition to walk for health, to counter our sedentary jobs and hobbies: Walk the dog, park far from the store, take the stairs, schedule a walking meeting. It's exercise that's accessible to most people in most places. It improves cardiovascular health, strengthens bones and boosts mood. It uses calories. And it's simple. more


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