A Journey Of 12,000 Steps

There's an old Chinese proverb that states, 'The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.' Confucius was saying that, to achieve major goals, you need to start out small and realistic. And that's a good way to look at a new study conducted by researchers from four different countries that established recommendations for controlling weight by walking.

Men age 18 to 50 need to walk 12,000 steps per day to maintain their present weight. The count drops to 11,000 for men over the age of 50. Scientists came up with a more complex assessment for women, with 12,000 steps required for females age 18 to 40. The 40 to 50 age group should walk 11,000 steps a day, and 50 to 60 year olds can get by with 10,000. The figure for over 60 female walkers is 8,000 steps. For the average person, 1,000 steps equals mile.

The Bigger Picture: Walking is great exercise and also a terrific cardio activity. You can keep track of how many steps you take in any given day by taking along a pedometer. But if you really want to see results, we recommend incorporating some resistance training with your aerobic daily walking. It's also important to eat a sensible, balanced diet of whole foods. That's the path to lifelong health.
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