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I read online today, while doing research for one of my novels, that 6000 steps a day significantly reduces risk of death, and 8000-10,000 a day promotes weight loss. And that "Sedentary people in the USA generally move only 2000-3000 steps a day." 2000 steps is about a mile. So one would have to walk the equivalent of 4 miles a day to promote weight loss.

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christinaathena
Sep. 1st, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm ... until recently I regularly walked about a mile and a half or so to work and the same distance back. There's a path I walk fairly often that, depending on how far I go, I go anywhere from 2-3 miles, sometimes more.

I'm planning to walk the whole thing (3.5 miles each way, so 7 miles round trip) Thursday.
fayanora
Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
I need to walk more, because Merriam Webster contacted me the other day, they wanted to put my picture next to "sedentary." Not all fame is good fame. ;-)
simim23
Sep. 4th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
4 miles isn't as long as you think.

I wore one of those step-counters to work once. Apparently during a 4 hr shift I walked about 650 steps, and I was sitting most of the time.

I walk to and from work, that's a mile each way. Then I walk around campus, walk out with my friends at night, jog every tuesday and thursday, etc. Obviously jogging/running does a little more lol.

And depending on who you're talking to, 2000 steps can be anywhere from half a mile to 2 miles. A "step" is a very vague term, as people have different strides. I know I can walk at the same speed as my boyfriend, for instance, but end up ahead of him. Even though he has longer legs than me, I have a longer stride.

Of course, one could also factor in that if you walked that 2000-3000 steps, then added in something else, like aerobics, you'd also promote weight loss.

I've walked 3 or so miles at least every other day for the past 10-13 years of my life simply because I JUST got a car/permit, and I also do stuff like run and jump and play DDR. I'm too hyper; I can't stand sitting down for more than an hour unless I've got something uber-interesting to keep my mind busy.

Because of that, I'm 20 and haven't gained or lost more than 5-10 lbs since 8th/9th grade when I stopped growing. I've been the same 5'7"/140 lbs with a 5-10 lb range either way depending on my mood/time of month/diet/etc.

Walking is awesome. XD
simim23
Sep. 4th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Also, I have gigantic calves for a female. Just wanted to say that.
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