10,000 steps?

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Registered: 03-20-2003
10,000 steps?
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Fri, 07-04-2003 - 11:14am
The new recommendation is either to work out for an hour a day or take 10,000 steps. Would you get the same benefit from walking 10,000 steps? I thought you needed to raise your heart rate to get cardio benefit. I can understand that 10,000 steps is better than nothing, and it does burn calories but how does that compare to say, half an hour of cardio and half an hour of lifting? I probably do walk 10,000 steps a day, but I still need to work out. Does anyone understand the recommendation better?





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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cl_jeanwl
Fri, 07-04-2003 - 12:47pm
I think it may be bait for the inactive. They are probably saying "oh anyone can take 10,000 steps". I bet that that is alot more walking than we realize and would suck the inactive into being "more active". Anyone have a counter to try it out?

~K~

~Kiervin~

Co-author of:  MONSTER'S INK HORROR ANTHOLOGY By Cyber-Pulp Press

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: cl_jeanwl
Fri, 07-04-2003 - 3:08pm
I have a counter and I am lucky to take 5000 steps a day! LOL 10,000 steps is a lot of steps if you ask me...but then again I don't do a whole lot of walking. :) ~N

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In reply to: cl_jeanwl
Fri, 07-04-2003 - 3:51pm
A friend of mine did it and she had 11,000 steps. We probably walk about the same amount, but I do other activities. She gets winded doing some things, like walking up a lot of steps, or carrying her son (who's about 25 pounds). That's why I was wondering what the recommendation really meant. I think power walking is great exercise, but strolling is not as much of a work out. Definitely better than nothing, though.





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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cl_jeanwl
Fri, 07-04-2003 - 4:06pm
I agree completely! There is a huge difference between a leisurely stroll and a power walk. I suspect this is a ploy to get the couch potatoes up. I know that my own mother, who has several health issues, spent more than four years not walking further than the 20 feet from the couch to the bathroom a few times a day and the 30 or so feet to the kitchen. I would guess she took no more than a few hundred steps a day. So, for someone like her, and I know there are MILLIONS like her it is a huge difference. For people who are active the recommendation is more of a joke than a goal.

~K~

~Kiervin~

Co-author of:  MONSTER'S INK HORROR ANTHOLOGY By Cyber-Pulp Press

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Registered: 06-13-2003
In reply to: cl_jeanwl
Fri, 07-04-2003 - 8:55pm
I think anyone who manages to take 10 000 steps a day, regardless of speed/heart rate/etc. is doing more good for themselves than a couch potato. Because any activity is better than none.