Starting from the first day of June, I took up the 10,000 Steps Challenge.
A few quick facts
- 8,000 deaths per year are attributable to physical inactivity
- 65% of males and 74% of females are not sufficiently active for health benefits
- 52% of Australian women and 67% of Australian men are overweight or obese
For some time we’ve been told that a 30 minute walk will keep us at a recommended level of fitness but that’s been changed to the idea of 10.000 steps. It basically means walking 10,000 steps every day.
This simple regime
- boosts energy levels and improves mood
- reduces risk of chronic diseases
- reduces stress and tension
- improves balance and flexibility
- improves sleep
- assists in weight management
- increases muscle and bone mass
Just exactly what we need at this stage of our lives.
Sounds simple enough, just walking round the house must surely take up half of that, but I was wrong.
On my first day, after walking round the market shopping for this and that, I only clocked up 2000 steps. I’m definitely going to have to step out some more.
Walking is still the easiest way to get exercise – and the cheapest. All you need is a good pair of shoes.