Why You Need To Walk 10,000 Steps A Day

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We're all told that in order to live a healthy life, we should eat right and engage in physical activity. But is diet and exercise enough? Anthony explains why you should take 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy. Read More: How many steps/day are enough? Preliminary pedometer indices for public health "Pedometers are simple and inexpensive body-worn motion sensors that are readily being used by researchers and practitioners to assess and motivate physical activity behaviours." The Truth About '10,000 Steps' a Day "If you buy a smart pedometer or fitness tracker like a Fitbit, chances are the device will encourage you to take 10,000 steps a day. But do you really have to walk this much to be healthy?" 10,000 Steps Plus Trips To The Gym, It'll Make You And The Boss Happy "Employees who walk 10,000 steps a day and work out in the gym three times a week can give their employers an extra $2500 worth of productivity a year, an Australian clinical trial has found." Hard Math: Adding Up Just How Little We Actually Move "Working out at the gym might not be enough to stay fit if you spend much of the rest of the day sitting down." WalkingWorks: Why 10,000 steps "In my previous article about the WalkingWorks challenge program taking place here in Columbia SC from September 27 - December 3, I states that 10,000 steps per day is the goal for individuals participating in the program." Trends over 5 Decades in U.S. Occupation-Related Physical Activity and Their Associations with Obesity "The true causes of the obesity epidemic are not well understood and there are few longitudinal population-based data published examining this issue." Patterns and Trends in Physical Activity, Occupation, Transportation, Land Use, and Sedentary Behaviors "It is now well-established that regular physical activity reduces the risk of premature death and disability from a variety of conditions including coronary heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis." Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity "During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and, although there has been some leveling off in recent years, rates remain at historically high levels." Get Up! Sitting Less Can Add Years to Your Life "Whether you exercise every day or not, you still need to cut down the time you spend sitting in a chair." Sitting for hours can shave years off life "That might sound ridiculous -- or obvious -- depending on your perspective, but the findings don't come from a fringe study." More time spent sitting linked to higher risk of death; Risk found to be independent of physical activity level "A new study finds it's not just how much physical activity you get, but how much time you spend sitting that can affect your risk of death." Watch More: Shivering to Lose Weight />TestTube Wild Card />Exercise Is Better Than Meds /> ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube /> Subscribe now! /> DNews on Twitter /> Anthony Carboni on Twitter /> Laci Green on Twitter /> Trace Dominguez on Twitter /> DNews on Facebook /> DNews on Google+ /> Discovery News /> Download the TestTube App:

Take the stairs instead of the elevator, it helps 
But, but but....the outside place........it scares me :(
Jordan Ivey
i lost 30 pounds walking about 12,000 steps a day in 3 months. 198 pounds to 168 pounds as a male. So about 10 pounds a month or 2.5 pounds a week. I also east clean so im sure that helped.
I do Stepbet and it always pushes me to keep going. My goals constantly change, but after a year of walking I lost 56 pounds with diet and hour walks daily
Mitch Rogoff
I get about 10 steps a day form my bed to computer and back
Jimmie Holmes Jr.
I've been walking 10k a day for two months... so I'm a newbie... but my results are crazy...lost 40 Lbs and 3-5 ins of waist...I also walk on my posture and walk backwards to strengthen all the front muscles from walking all day...great start for newbies...
Ain't nobody got time fo that between school , gym and videogames >:c
Shawn Ravenfire
I suspect that this may be part of the reason why obesity rates are higher in rural areas.  There are fewer places in walking distance, so people drive more.
Abraham Hernandez
Great information. I lost 200lbs + over 5 years walking at least 4 days a week for 35 minutes. I use the 10k walking a day to maintain that weight. Walk America!
Brick Tamland
how far does 10,000 steps translate to roughly?
Park your car further away from where you work or better still get the train and walk to work from the train station. On your Lunch break take a walk, when you catch a lift take the stairs instead. Instead of getting in your car to go to the shops down the street walk instead. Stop being lazy and move more!!!
Dave Wake
Winters of -30 celsius weather makes this difficult.
Danica DeCosto
Okay okay...I will put on my walking meter thingie and see if I can take that many steps.
Discovery Life
Good thing we can watch DNews on our mobile devices!
I get about 4,000 steps walking back and forth my school campus getting to class.
Harmon Atri
My mom and I have recently started walking 10,000 steps every day (as often as we can, our work schedules tend to get in the way sometimes) and we have cut out unnecessary carbs, fats, and sugars and we don't eat wheat (even whole wheat) anymore. I have never felt so good in my life :)
Swaganomics 101: Jimmy Rustles
I can bet most people get their walking done at the mall..
Aaron Lowry
I do 20,000 steps a day
Will Ireland
I started walking half marathons a year ago, my osteoporosis is almost completely reversed.
Calico C
While watching this video I got up from my chair and I started marching in place.  XD
Preston Smith
Well, now 40 (I still call that young) and still without a drivers licence I walk everywhere. My typical day is going to be an average of 10 thousand steps a day, just doing family stuff (getting kids to school, cleaning the house, managing my home business). Walking around town is either the long haul (4-8 kilometer walk) or bus. I also own a bike, but have a preference for walking if getting to wherever takes less than an hour. For those that are not used to walking but want to add it into your mix of daily activity, nothing will help you more than good shoes. Cheap shoes are a terrible idea. I have lots of energy (more than my children), walking can be very very tiring if you have been sedentary for even a short while...spring has finally arrived. Always carry some water.
I usually do 30 minute walks at a fast pace and it greatly increases my energy level and I feel really good after doing it. I get an even bigger high if I do 40-50 mins.
The ten Thousand steps to High Hrothgar!
Jonty Levine
I prefer to set my target at 9001 steps, just because, you know...
Shawn H Corey
Avoid escalators and elevators; take the stairs. Problem solved.
I work in a warehouse and do quite a bit of walking. I now want to buy a pedometer just to see how much I walk in an average day.
Ten thousand? pfffft.... ten is more than enough for me c:
Oh please. This isnt wrong but it sounds like worthless pseudo-science. Just friggin exercise. Walk, jog. End of story. I know nothing more than i knew before watching this video..
Sturla Flåten Jørgensen
I've just had my Fitbit for five days now, but my average is 17 000 steps a day, without me doing anything outside my norm.. So if the average in Arkansas and Tennessee is 4500 😳😳 jaaaa....
I started taking walks around my city every now and then. It's been very enlightening and it's helping me get over heartbreak. There's a lot of cool stuff to see, so definitely go for it. You might meet someone interesting or find an alley you didn't know was there. For me, it's less about the walk and more about the scenery.
Drake Santiago
Actually, if you want to lower your blood pressure and improve glucose control, the best form of exercise, which will induce both of these benefits and much more, is resistance training. The same results that you would produce in walking 10,000 steps a day, which is roughly 5 miles (depending on stride length), and is therefore over an hour of walking, can be done in far less time with resistance training. Resistance training increases your muscles' insulin sensitivity. This allows for your muscles to quickly and more efficiently use glucose in your blood , because greater insulin sensitivity allows insulin to do its job of getting glucose into cells where they can be used for energy, thus maintaining great glucose control. The greater the insulin sensitivity of muscles, the less insulin your pancreas has to secrete to get glucose into your cells. The lower the insulin level, the less magnesium you excrete through urine. The more magnesium you retain, the more your blood vessels relax, since magnesium relaxes your blood vessels, thus lowering your blood pressure. Finally, increasing ones muscle mass, via resistance training, allows you to perform all physical tasks with greater ease. Hence, your entire cardiovascular system is taxed less when the body is stronger.    
Alex Agius
Real men do 10000 reps a day....
I'm a runner who does 4:46 in the 1600m and 56-57 seconds in the 400m, but I don't walk for shit. I live in an environment where I have to drive everywhere I go
Connor Waugh
walk 10.000 steps a day? no thanks, I think I'll laugh 100 times instead, after all Scishow said that if you laugh 100 times, it can burn as much fat as a 10-15 minute bike ride somehow.
So my retail job is good for something.  I'm always walking.
That Sodding Gamer
Captions were off sync again.  I think they're forgetting to account for the ad and maybe the intro too.  The voice and caption went closer to being in sync as the video went on.
Jacob Crosby
I usually really appreciate how scientific they are about their statements regarding data and other potential sources for any difference... As such, I am really offput, nay, irritated by the fact that they attributed the difference between the obesity rate in CO and TN/AR... I guarantee that the difference in obesity between those states is not solely because of walking, in fact, I bet it is actually a pretty small portion... Especially when you consider the amount of snow that CO receives annually, and people either shoveling or snowblowing their driveways, the extra layers that must be worn in the cold, the extra energy required to move with those layers on, the overall activities that are not running/walking, skiing is HUGE activity in CO, surely there are dietary contributors, among others... So for them to say, "Oh, the difference between 4,500 and 6,000 steps a day is the only thing contributing to lower obesity, pretty ridiculous a notion... Come on folks, you can do SO, SO much better!!! DNews is better than this! MORE RESEARCH IS NECESSARY!
Renzo C. Diaz
In Peru, I used to study in a School and as my family didn't have any car, I used to walk a lot to get around, and I noticed I was much healthier there than right now here in USA. I should stop using the cars and start walking again.
Exercise also helps to balance out cholesterol levels, there was a time when the doctors would recommend some physical exercise to lower cholesterol, now they just push, Antilipemics (cholesterol lowering) medications.
Youtube Policemen
long periods of sitting is terrible for so many reasons I have been doing it myself gotta stop
Jeff pyrotek
grew up as an athlete (sport scholarships thru school, amateur cycling and middle-distance running & cross country) and kept the fitness just because it was habit until about ten years ago when i had a car accident and broke my neck and had to give up all physical exertion for a while .. holy HELL did i feel unfit until about a year ago when the pain dropped enough to be able to train again .. and all the illnesses and stuff? horrible! it's all going away again now tho .. all i'm really doing are basic stretches in the morning and evening as well as a 30 to 60 minute walk about two days out of every three .. fitness FTW :)
Spencer Howard
I do 3- 4 hours of heavy resistance training 3-5 times a week and I walk 16000-32000 steps in a days work, I think I will be fine. 
I have severely flat feet. My feet hurt after walking for an extended period of time A LOT faster than the average person. So much for being healthy. =/
Nicole Stanford
I tend to walk around 6000-8500 steps a day. I have a desk job, and going on walks during my breaks help me focus better and feel more relaxed. Then, I live in a city with a great bus system, son instead of driving places I tend to walk/bus everywhere. It feels refreshing, and I can tell a noticeable difference in my mood and health when I'm walking around this much, versus certain times (such as when I'm sick, or the weather has been horrible for awhile) I'm unable to walk around as often as I do.
I spend 90% of my day sitting, sitting at the computer, sitting in my car, sitting at college, I'm too busy sitting to exercise, plus I'm lazy
Brandon H
I was only getting about 2,000 steps a day. But now I've done 10K steps about 8 days in a row. I'm not sure if it's helping but it feels good getting that 5 miles in a day
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Food for thought. I tend to have very busy days and then total sloth days. The notion that my sloth days render my busy days useless is depressing. I could try walking away from home for 15 minutes then walk back, twice a day. That's about 6-9k steps depending on speed.
Isn't the PokeWalker the most accurate pedometer in the world?
James Mc Closkey
It's over 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Matt Anderson
Since January 18th of 2018 I've walked over 1500 miles. Lost 50 pounds, and got my blood pressure under control. Oh, I'm 53.
Jogging equal to walking, actually its better than walking.
Gav Lehmann
i use a wheelchair so this doesnt count for me, right?
Zezo Ana
i am walking in morning 6 am 12000 and my life is it change it and i lose my wight and lose 60 kg in 6 month i am happy
Just Another
My job has me on my feet 8-10 hours a day usually doing something either repetitive or physical, last week was my 1 year' anni there and I've seen a dramatic difference. I signed up for the paycheck, ended up getting in great shape. A year and a half ago I was ashamed to take my shirt off, now I take every chance I get to ahah
I work in a grocery store and our company provided all of us with pedometers. The last time I checked, I get somewhere around 20-30,000 steps per day on a work day. On my days off I walk considerably less, but I literally only get to sit down three times, for about 5 minutes during a work day. I've always been a fairly skinny person, but I think work helps out a little with keeping it that way.
I walk like 200-300 steps a day, is that enough?
I walk a lot at college and according to my Jawbone UP band, I get anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 steps a day, depending on what classes I have that day and whether or not I go to the gym. The massive amount of steps I take has definitely helped ward off the freshmen fifteen. In addition, when I sit around all day and don't reach 10,000 steps, I feel more sluggish and find it harder to sleep. I'm on break now and I've been walking my dog and offering to do errands for the fam as a way to get out of the house and reach my goal.
Matthew Johnston
Let me also mention do NOT start jogging a whole lot suddenly if you don't do a lot of jogging. This can cause your legs to break and snap, That's what happened to me. Though the PE program at my school wants us to run 4 miles without walking at all through it.... That's the big 4 mile run we have, it's literally 4 miles and if you walk for whatever reason they will drop your grade a letter and a half. It's hell.
Rogelio Perea
Let's see here...I walk back and forth from my kitchen to the couch about 5 times per hour. How many steps do I walk if I'm awake for 12 hours a day?
Akhil Raman
I've noticed results. I'm averaging around 8500-9000 steps per day and have lost 10 pounds in the last two months. HOWEVER, walking alone hasn't been the reason, I still keep track of my calories and macros. I also make sure to lift weights 3 x week to maintain my strength and muscle. I also add in some interval sprints 2 x week (on 2 of my lifting days) to get my metabolism spiked up.
Anarchist Atheist
10,000 steps is approximately 4 and 3/4 miles.
Nia LaLa V
Dnews we need statistics on attacks in stairways vs health benefits of stairs...cops say avoid stairs, doctors say to take them...which do we listen to?
Jay Wilkins
When I carried my Nintendo 3DS around with me it registered about 10k steps just walking to school and back. 10k steps is far easier than one might think.
These last 6 days I've been walking a mile due to the fact that I found out then I was diabetes positive doctor told me I can still turn it around it's too early I hope this have affected I just turn 30 I'm too young for this sickness Prescott less than 3 months I can turn it around just buy me walking
Germo Gen
All i have to say is: /watch?v=bFEoMO0pc7k
i walk every day around 25000 steps, but doing this for endurance only. iam fit and my goal is to take part on ultra marathons in trails . so i have to increase it to 75000 steps a day.
The Ultraempoleon
Parkour!!!! :D
Bishop Blood
Don't worry, soon we will evolve into only requiring 100 steps a day. Soon...
Metra 59
I move my hand up and down side to side 10000 every two days for one simple task.
life man
it's good I used to be 160 and now I'm 140 in 3 weeks
So what you're saying is: exercise is good... for... you?
im overweight i walk about 2hours a day atleast 5days a week.(13000 or more steps) burns around 1600 calories says my S health software. And i alao drink alot of water, i feel good since i been doing it. But havent lost alot of weight though. maybe 2kg in 2 months (and no i dont eat fast food all the time) but maybe once a week
Melaron Valkorith
The comment around 2:24 about a couple thousand steps making a big difference in health is pretty unfounded, unless you had a study in mind that you didn't bring up. You can't infer causation from correlation. Come on DNews, I've come to expect more from you!
i would walk a thousand miles just to see you
Etta Wing
I live above sea level. I take the footbridge to the river. It'a about one hour. I wear fresh clean sport socks. Feet and legs are getting in good shape. Kidney stones and arthritis went away.
just stop laying around and move. lol
Nazik Malak
i did walk 8000 per day for about 45 days .. and lost 10 kg .. i did reduce my dinner food but never was on a diet .. just shrink the portions
The fatter states aren't fat because they're walking less, they walk less because they're fat. How many obese people do you see walking up stairs in lieu of an elevator?
Dave Bell
Do you even walk?
I have a question: Do those who give this advice follow it themselves?
dragon booster bow
running increase cortisol burn muscle walking preserve muscle and burn fat either u sprint for short intervals or walk stop running
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I am walking 2 miles right now while watching this. 😁
dragon booster bow
yes I lose good amount of fat by walking
Whole Food Plant-Based Man
I would walk 500 miles.
Jonni Vuorinen
Why Do You *Have* To Start _Every_ Word With A *BIG* Letter? I Think It's A Very Annoying Way To Write And Read.
Michael C
I recently got a security job and I walk about 24 hours per week sometimes more if I pick up a shift from someone else. I lost about 20 pounds already and its only been three months. It's one of the hardest jobs I have had but definitely the best I have had. 
i spent few HOURS just walking in a park. reached 4.52mil .
Im losing weight with 15k steps a day by doing 2 walks down the street and round the park, it deffo works.
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I walk 8000 steps or more a day just at work is that enough cardio for the day including a workout àfter work
Amit das
Pokemon go is the best pedometer in the world and I hatched a 10k egg daily.
junglist jadi far
I walk for about 9 hours over 6 day week I feel like Bruce lee
10000 steps a day, it makes more than you think. You really need to walk a lot during day to make them.
I suppose games don't count :/
Rudy Da Costa
This doesn't apply to me since I am disabled and can't walk long distances due to my legs giving out. I probably walk about 1,000 steps a day.
Deepak Raja
My average daily morning step is 5000
Reema Alhafidh
I do 100 Squat a day is that good???????
Marcelo Velarde
They give this number cause 10000 hours in something will turn you into a master on the thing you spend it.
Utkarsh Singh
very demotivating video
Bowser Jr an Friends
I got 12000 today