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Lots Of Steps Is Healthy, But Fewer – More Rapid – Steps Work Too

October 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Walking 10,000 steps a day is an ideal health goal, but significant health benefits can come from fewer steps as long as 3,000 of them are at a brisk pace.  The U.S. researchers analyzed data from 3,388 participants age 20 and older from a national health survey. The found that a good target for healthy adults is 150 minutes a week at a level of 100 or more steps a minute, with as little sedentary time as possible during the day. A tempo of 100 steps a minute or greater is considered the threshold for moderate-intensity activity in adults.
Catrine Tudor-Locke et al., "Step-based Physical Activity Metrics and Cardiometabolic Risk. ", Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, October 24, 2016, © American College of Sports Medicine
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