Now that digital pedometers are instantly everywhere smartwatches, fitness bands, fitness trackers, cell phones accomplishing 10,000 steps a day has become a sort of an obsession. As crazy as it may feel to find yourself walking in your living room late at night to get those last few 100 steps, it is more than a game. A recent study revealed that when it comes to losing weight, taking 10,000 steps a day is just as effective as doing five 30-minute workouts a week. The regular daily activity supports nearly every system in your body. A study found that 35 different chronic health conditions are stimulated by physical inactivity. They vary from heart disease and stroke to depression and constipation.
When you get 10,000 steps a day, you take an additional step to protect your health. On the other hand, a day of surfing Amazon Prime and watching Netflix is a missed opportunity.
1. Powerful Metabolism
Calories consumed by someone who gets 10,000 steps a day are not the same when they’re eaten by an inactive person. Someone who exercises constantly and eats that food, will use it to fuel key systems as compared to a physically inactive person. Someone who is persistently physically inactive will store those calories as fat in the muscle or liver. Research shows regular exercisers also strongly sustain those unavoidable periods of excess bingeing like festivals or weddings, for instance, by not gaining much weight.
2. Active Brain
Daily moderate exercise aids in the growth of brain cells and learning new tasks and also helps to keep off cognitive decline. A study showed that just one round of exercise improved the brain’s ability to revamp, repair, and adapt to new circumstances.
3. Stronger and Healthier Heart
Someone who takes 10,000 steps a day will have a greater stroke volume which is how much blood the heart pumps per beat compared to someone who takes 1,000 steps a day. A bigger stroke volume indicates greater aerobic capacity, which is probably the best predictor of disease risk and mortality.
4. Steady Blood Sugar Levels
Let’s say you are out to dinner with two friends: one of them takes 10,000 steps a day and the other gets 1,000. With a glucose monitor, we will be able to discover the identity of the highly active person and the physically inactive person, and find out who is at higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
The person who takes 10,000 steps a day will have a significantly lower glucose and insulin response in their blood after a meal as compared to the other person who gets 1000 steps. That flow of glucose and insulin after a meal will predict who will develop diabetes with time and also who is at a risk of cardiovascular diseases.
5. A More Committed You
There is one difference between a person who walks consistently as compared to a physically inactive person that can’t be monitored by any device. That is “Willpower”. If someone took 10,000 steps yesterday and the day before, they are more hopeful to hit that mark again the next day. The whole 10,000 steps model depends on making physical activity part of a normal routine where it wasn’t there before. It promotes behavioral change and when it comes to weight loss, behavioral change greatly depends upon creating habits.