Are 10,000 steps good for your health?
According to Public Health England, the Royal College of GPs have announced that three brisk 10-minute walks a day is more effective than doing 10,000 steps a day.
The announcement comes in an effort to encourage adults to increase the amount of moderate intensity physical activity they do daily, emphasising that the intensity of exercise is more important than the distance, or the number of steps.
“Managing all the pressures of everyday life can mean that exercise takes a back seat, but building a brisk walk into your daily routine is a simple way to get more active,” says Medical Director at Public Health England, Professor Paul Cosford.
“Taking a brisk 10-minute walk each day will get your heart pumping.”
While a moderate intensity 10-minute walk, which is also referred to as the ‘Active 10’, may seem like a small investment for your health, it’s because you’re meant to do not one, but three daily.
According to Public Health England, these short walks could reduce the risk of early death by up to 15%.