To be healthy, it is important to stay active. People use fitness trackers and smartwatches to track their activity. But how many steps do you need to take to lose weight? This is not an easy question to answer.
Experts say that you should get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week. This is about 22 minutes to 45 minutes each day.
To lose weight, you need to exercise more often at a moderate to vigorous intensity. However, we don’t know how many steps this is.
Tracking your steps can still be helpful for setting goals and tracking progress.
Studies have shown that people who wear fitness trackers and set goals for steps or minutes walked have been successful in losing weight, especially when the programs last at least 12 weeks.
The idea of getting 10,000 steps is not new, but it is hard to prove that this is the right amount.
Some studies have found that getting 10,000 steps a day, with about 3,500 of those as moderate to vigorous physical activity, can lead to weight loss.
Other studies have found that for every 2,000 steps, your risk of early death drops by 8-11%.
And a recent study found that walking 10,000 steps a day can reduce the risk of dementia, heart disease, and cancer.
Walking and running burn more calories.
You don’t have to lose a lot of weight to get health benefits.
Losing just 5-10% of your weight can improve your blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol.
Walking can also reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression.
If you want to start walking to lose weight, start by figuring out how many steps you take now and add 1,000 extra steps every two weeks.
Pacing is also important for weight loss.
Brisk walking is best for weight loss.
This can be done in short intervals or longer workouts.
Even with exercise, diet is important for weight loss.
Physical activity and a structured diet go hand in hand.
Enjoy your best health.