I don’t know about you, but the older I’ve got, the one thing I really enjoy doing for exercise is going for a walk.

Two reasons – the first one is because it’s obviously good for me and it doesn’t hurt my joints as my running days are long gone.

But secondly, cause I also get an hour to myself!

I put my headphones in and listen to a podcast and just walk.

Anyways, whether you like walking or not, you’re probably aware that we’re recommended to get 10,000 steps a day in for good health.

But that can seem unrealistic.

Some days I cross it off.

Some days I’m way short.

And I have a job where I’m on my feet for half the day.

So don’t beat yourself up if you’re not getting that 10,000 mark.

Cause there may be something better.

I read that the new focus should be on getting 100 steps per minute rather than that lofty target.

That’s the findings from a few studies anyways. One of which was from the British Journal Of Sports Medicine.

Why?

It makes us walk at a decent pace and not the slow coach speed that does your head in when you’re at the shops and there’s a group spread out in a line taking up all the room that are walking at snails pace.

Or is that just me?

I like that focus.

If we’re walking at a faster pace, it’s going to give you a greater cardio benefit.

As well as the other benefits for being outside – vitamin D exposure, stress release and all that good stuff.

What’s your take? Worth a shot?

Cheers,
Daniel

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