Tracking steps is a great way of increasing your daily activity levels. It doesn’t matter whether you currently do 100, 1000 or 10,000, more is always better so there’s always room for improvement. You can use a pedometer, fitness watch, smart phone, or estimate distance – on average, it takes approximately 2000 steps to walk a mile.
Walking helps to build the foundations of your cardiovascular fitness, improving your heart and lung function together with your circulatory system.
Like building a house, these foundations are key to making sure you get the most out of any existing or new activity you may want to do. This might include weight training, jogging, dancing or kicking a football around with children or grandchildren. Any increase in your daily activity levels will also increase your energy expenditure, which in turn can help maintain a healthy weight, if that is one of your goals.
Working from home? Try getting some extra steps as a break or whilst the kettle is boiling – it all counts!
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