Fitbit is among a bunch of fitness apps that set a target of 10,000 steps a day. Often overlooked as form of exercise, walking helps build up stamina level, helps develop a healthier heart and helps burns off excess calories.

Better yet, walking, whether it’s for leisure or work, is an easy way to stay active, without doing anything too strenuous. Setting yourself this target of 10,000 is a great way of increasing the amount of physical activity you do.

Why is walking so great?

Walking can be accomplished anywhere, any time, and in any weather (if you’re brave enough). A great way to get from A to B, walking is easy to fit into your daily routine. Walking is classed as a moderate-intensity activity and contributes towards your recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, which of course is beneficial to your overall health.

How do I know how many steps i take?

The average office worker walks between 3,000-4000 steps a day. To find out how many steps you take you can purchase devices such as fitbits, download apps or simply buy a pedometer. The latter you can clip to your belt and it will measure how many steps you take.

You may already walk 10,000 steps a day, which is around 5 miles. Or you may discover you walk less than you thought. Whatever you discover, knowing how far you walk each day will motivate you.

How many calories will 10,000 steps a day burn?

A 45 year old person weighing 11 stone can burn around 400 calories by walking 10,000 steps at a brisk pace. An effective method when trying to lose weight is to reduce your calorie intake by about 600 calories and combine exercise.

Never walked far before?

If you’re not much of a walker at the moment, don’t worry, just increase your distance gradually. No one expects you to walk 10,000 steps on the first day! Try and incorporate some of your home hobbies into your new active lifestyle.

For intsnace, If you like watching birds visit your garden, try visiting your local National Trust Park and indulge in a spot of bird watching. Bird watching experts and wild bird food suppliers Kennedy Wild Bird Food say “Bird watching outdoors helps bring nature to life, it can be as relaxing as watching them in your garden or as vigourous as a hike. It’s also great to do as a family and gets you connecting with the environment as well as each other.

What’s the best way to start?

With the help of your step counting device, work out how many you take during a normal day. It could be as many as 5,000 steps or as little as 900 steps, depending on what you do. Then record your daily steps over a week and use the total number of the week to work out the daily average.

You can then build up your steps gradually by adding on steps each day, untill you are regular walking 10,000 steps a day.

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