You may have read that the recommended steps per day to walk is 10,000. In my getting fit at 50 with Woolx series here 10,000 steps a day is what I shoot for. That’s about 5 miles for the average person and takes about 1 1/2 hours at an easy pace. What if you just can’t walk that far? Don’t have time? You may ask “How long should I walk everyday for it to make a difference?” Well the answer according to a study from Harvard is encouraging.
Walking Along The Boardwalk
The study said that people who walked 75 minutes a week lived about 1.8 years longer than sedentary people. That’s only 11 minutes a day! Now who can’t carve 11 minutes a day out of their schedule? Maybe you have 30 minutes a day 5 days a week? Then you can live an additional 3.4 years! I was pretty impressed with the fact that just an 11 minute a day commitment can add 1 1/2 years to your life. Sometimes you get it in your head that if you can’t go all in on something it isn’t worth doing. Well this certainly isn’t the case when it comes to taking a walk. Sometimes I think some commercial breaks last 11 minutes! Get up off the couch and talk a short walk and add years to your life!
You can read the article here
Also be sure to check my journey out staring with my first post of Getting Fit at 50 here.