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You really don't NEED 10,000 steps a day!


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Despite the recommendations of pedometers everywhere, there's nothing scientific to the goal of walking 10,000 steps a day, for health or for weight loss. That magic number is an arbitrary one that originated as an advertising campaign decades ago. That’s right, it was a marketing gimmick to sell exercise equipment…and it worked. While walking is great for your health, research suggests 7,000 to 8,000 steps might be a better goal. In fact, researchers found no additional benefits to stepping it up from 7,000 to 10,000. But considering most of us average 3 to 4,000…we still have a way to go. 

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