Mission: Get Moving

Have you been told to take 10,000 steps a day?

Does that sound to you like a trip to the moon and back?

Here's a great alternative. Active 10 doesn't require you to count thousands of steps but rather recommends that you engage in three brisk 10-minute walks per day. While all manners of activities can serve to increase one's activity level, it has been found that 'moderate to vigorous physical activity' better serves to get your heart beating faster. After all, the greater the intensity, the greater the health benefits.

 

What does this 'brisk' walk look like? In layman's terms – you want to be walking at a pace at which you are still able to talk but one that you probably couldn't sing along with the song you're jamming to. And you want to do this for 10-minutes, 3 times a day. Bear in mind – the activity isn't limited to walking; but rather can be anything that increases your heart rate for at least 10 minutes.

 

Personally, I see Active 10 as the phase you graduate to after achieving and maintaining 10,000 steps per day. However, when comparing Active 10 participates to those with a 10,000 step goal, researchers found that the Active 10 group found their activity more enjoyable and they did 30% more vigorous activity than those that completed 10,000 steps all while spending less time actual movement.

 

Again, this all seems like a matter of perspective. Both groups walked. 10,000 steps or fewer, more vigorous steps...it's up to you. The point is – get off your ass and get to stepping.

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