10.000 Steps a Day?
We all know that walking is good for our health not only physically but mentally and emotionally too.
But is 10,000 steps a day really enough??
A new study suggests that we may need to move a bit more to improve our fitness!
Experts are now saying that 15,000 brisk steps per day (2 hours a day) is what’s needed to give you the health boost you need.
These studies are based on Tanzanian Hunter Gatherers and Glaswegian Postmen.
Studies by Professor Herman Potzner of Duke University in the US state of North Carolina say that Postal workers in Glasgow who took more than 15,000 steps a day had a cardio metabolic health on par with the hunter gatherers.
He also states that our evolutionary history shows that we spent most of our time being active by hunting for and gathering food.
Unless we mimic ancient habits, we are more likely to succumb to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Any exercise is better than none of course, so even 100 minutes a day may cut the risk of early death by 80%.
If you are fed up of hearing about the benefits of walking maybe a sauna is more up your street (if you walk there!)
A team from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Medical Centre in Berlin found that taking a sauna had a similar physiological effect as going for a bike ride!
While the summer days are with us there is nothing nicer than a stroll, a walk, an amble, or a fast-paced high intensity power walk to soak up the sunshine and light evenings.
Whatever your preference, always enjoy what exercise you do, no exercise should be a chore you just need to find one that suits you best!