BP Blog: Power of 10,000 Steps

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When it comes to exercise, I try to make my day as inefficient as possible. I know this sounds crazy - especially since my book is about doing more with less - but hear me out. By reducing efficiency (walking to the coffee shop instead of making a coffee at home, pacing while on the phone, choosing the stairs), I was able to build more organic movement throughout the day.

I did it despite regular "exercise". Why? Because my health and yours depend on it: Earlier this year, the American Heart Association issued a research-based advisory warning that even strenuous exercise doesn't seem to undo the damage caused by sitting too long -- that increases your risk of Risk of heart disease and diabetes.

There is also evidence that how active you are throughout the day affects your weight. According to research by James A. Levine, MD, obese people sit, on average, two and a half hours more per day than thin people, and thin people stand and walk, on average, more than two hours more per day than obese people. D., professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

That's why I challenge myself, my clients, and now all of you to take at least 10,000 steps a day. This number may seem arbitrary, but 10,000 steps is roughly equivalent to 5 miles of which (including 30 minutes of moderate intensity) meets the CDC guidelines for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week.

It can also feel high. If you're like the average American, you're currently walking about half that distance. But that's okay. It just means you have to consciously build more movement into your day. So, find a friend and schedule regular, "official" walks in your neighborhood, or use my strategy of finding ways to make your life less productive - ie: park farther from the entrance, walk to a co-worker their desks instead of emailing them, etc...