The surgeon general recommends you strive for 10,000 steps per day to maintain a healthy fitness level. This is approximately the equivalent to 30 minutes of activity. Remember, though, that if you want to lose weight, you would need at least 15,000 steps per day.
So how do you go about accomplishing this goal? First you need to determine how many steps you actually do take during the course of a normal day. Purchase a pedometer or a fitness tracker (I recommend FitBit) and track your number of steps each day for one week. At the end of the week figure out your average number of steps per day. Now add 20% more to that total. For instance, if you average 7,000 steps per day, add 1,400 step to equal 8,400. You now have your first daily goal! Once you reach that goal, add another 20%.
You may be surprised at how little activity you typically get in a day. A sedentary person only gets in about 1,000 – 3,000 steps. There are many ways to increase your steps. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away from stores, or better yet, walk to the store! During the course of the work day, get up and walk around the building. Get creative, you’ll be feeling more energetic and looking leaner before you know it.