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More than 60 percent of adults do not engage in the recommended amount of activity, and 25 percent are not active at all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We’ve become sedentary, spending much of our time seated in front of a screen. Each day, the average American spends around five hours watching TV, three hours on social media, and around six hours on computers at work.
With a significant lack in exercise and movement, there’s been a rise in heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and falls. COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have added to our inactivity.
Getting up and moving each day is imperative to health. Physical activity can help lower the risk of disease and help you live a healthier, more productive, happier life.
Many experts say we should aim for 10,000 steps a day (or around 3-5 miles daily, depending on your gait). But why? Walking 10,000 steps a day can help:
This spring, give back what your body was craving during the winter. Before you binge-watch your favorite Netflix TV show or surf your social media account, unplug, get outside and get your steps in.
If you make an effort to increase your step count each day, you may find yourself moving more overall.
Make 10,000 steps a day your goal, and watch your health and well-being improve day after day!
It’s OK if you don’t meet the 10,000 daily steps. Any amount of movement is better than none. If you haven’t exercised in a while, start out with a lower step goal and increase your daily steps over time.
Need help with your exercise routine? A fitness specialist can help you develop a fitness program that works for you.
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