Stephen: Minutes moved a more important health target than 10,000 steps

Published on August 25th, 2021 @ 5:34 PM


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If you’ve been trying to get 10,000 steps a day it might be time to change your goal. Health experts say 10,000 steps a day is an arbitrary measurement, and research suggests 7,000- 8,000 steps a day is usually enough to have health benefits. Also, personal trainer Harvey Lawton says that daily activity is the “unsung hero” when it comes to expending energy. He explains, “Moving in varying ways and through different planes of motion allows you to learn about your body, your joint health, and where weaknesses may lie—something that may not necessarily be highlighted nor corrected by achieving a daily step goal alone.” Also Amanda Paluch, with the University of Massachusetts says she encourages focusing on your “minutes moved” rather than stressing about steps, noting that while a daily step count goal isn’t bad, the main goal should really be to not be too sedentary and to stay consistent.

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