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    I doubled my step count every day for 2 weeks — here’s what happened

    You’ve probably heard all about the benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day. It is worth noting that the target of 10,000 steps (it seems a little neat, right?) began as a piece of marketing in 1965 by a Japanese company that was about to introduce a device called a Manpo-kei (it means 10,000-steps meter). However, it is a useful goal — a review of 32 studies, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found that “10,000 steps/day is a reasonable target for healthy adults.” 

    As a personal trainer and fitness writer, I run and walk pretty much everywhere, so hitting this figure isn’t a problem, with 15 to 20k steps a day being my norm. But for a fortnight, I decided to double my step count. Now, for sanity’s sake, I thought I would base my step count on 15,000 steps, meaning my doubled step count would be 30,000 steps. It sounds a lot, but read on to find out what happened.

    The benefits of more steps 

    Let’s just make it clear that you don’t need to have an extremely high daily step count to reap the health benefits of walking. As is proven by the American Heart Association’s study which found that each increase of 1,000 steps taken daily by the studies’ participants was associated with a 22% lower chance of dying from all causes. The researchers in the study found that compared with a group of people walking nearly 4,000 steps every day, the risk of death from any cause was reduced by 49% for 5,500 steps and 67% for 11,500 steps a day.

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    Walking generally is great for cardiovascular health, helping the heart and lungs to remain strong. It’s also low impact, so less likely to cause pain, unlike running which can lead to pretty severe knee, hip, and ankle pain (to name a few) thanks to continuous pavement pounding.

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