For years, we’ve been hearing that walking is a great way to fit exercise into a busy lifestyle and stay fit. But do you know how many miles must you cover over the course of a day to be considered “active”?
You’ll need to cover at least five miles to meet fitness guidelines. That’s equivalent to about 10,000 steps.
A 30-minute walk will give you a good head-start and the good news is that you can tally up the rest of those miles not just during the course of a formal workout, but through any kind of physical activity – walking to and from your car or from puttering around your house while you cook or clean.
The bad news is if you cover roughly half that five-mile ground, you’ll be considered sedentary. So clip on your pedometer and get counting!