What walking 10,000 steps does for your health
The benefits of walking are plentiful. Brisk walking (where you can still talk but would struggle to sing) burns calories which can contribute to weight loss. It can also help to keep the joints supple and lubricated, which can help to reduce joint pain.
There’s also evidence that regular walking for at least half an hour a day can help to reduce our risk of developing coronary heart disease by almost 20% and taking a short walk after meals can help to lower our blood sugar levels.
In terms of our mental health, studies show that walking in nature for at least 30 minutes each day can help to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression and can even boost our creativity and problem solving skills.
If we don’t have mobility issues, walking is easy and free, and has many benefits to health. But what if we’re not meeting our step count? How can we increase it?