More and more people these days are monitoring how far they move each day, thanks to wearable devices like Fitbits and Apple Watches. They allow you to do things like count the number of steps that you take each day, and many health and fitness enthusiasts set themselves daily targets.
You might be wondering:
· how many steps you need to take each day to stay fit,
· how to stay fit without running, and
· how far you should walk each day to keep fit.
Read on to find out!
How many steps you need to take each day to stay fit
A recent Australian study found that people who take 10,000 or more steps a day have a 46% lower risk of early death due to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. People with higher daily step counts also spend less time in hospital. In addition, increasing your step count by 1,000 per day reduces your risk of dying prematurely by 6%.
According to the Australian Health Survey, the average Australian adult takes 7,400 steps per day.
How to stay fit without running
The pace of the steps you take each day also has an impact on the fitness benefits you’ll gain. You don’t necessarily have to run though. If you’re walking briskly, you’re getting a more intense work out than if you’re dawdling.
How far you should walk each day to keep fit
10,000 steps is about 8 kilometres. That will take you about 1 hour and 40 minutes at a moderate walking pace.
How you can achieve your daily step target
You don’t necessarily need to do 8 kilometres all at once. For example, you could combine any walks that you might do to work, the shops or at work throughout your day. This movement helps you to burn calories.
The technical term for burning calories is ‘activity thermogenesis’. You can burn calories whether you’re formally exercising or not. The key thing is regular daily movement to maintain your fitness and health. The acronym ‘NEAT’ has been coined to describe ‘non-exercise activity thermogenesis’, like taking the stairs in a building rather than using a lift.
How we can help you to keep fit and healthy at Searipple Village
At Searipple Village in Karratha, there are plenty of ways that you can conveniently get your daily health and fitness fix. We’re located just 3.2 kilometres from the City Centre, so a walk there and back will get you to 80% of your daily steps target!
We’re also next to the beach if you’d prefer a scenic walk. We have two onsite gyms where you can work out if you want as well.
And of course, we have plenty of space for you to unwind and relax too, with great rooms, a range of dining options and a licensed social hub. After all, life is a balance!
We’re just a 20-minute drive from the Karratha Airport and very popular with FIFO workers.