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How to squeeze those steps into busy days

The more steps you take every day, the healthier you’re likely to be. And the happier. Did you know that simply going for a walk can help release endorphins, the body’s natural happy hormones? But how many steps does it take to start seeing health benefits? New studies show that around 7,500 per day is a great target. Plus, it's in reach for most people.

Walking 7,500 steps per day is about the equivalent of walking back and forth across the Golden Gate Bridge or from the Empire State Building to Central Park and back. So challenge yourself to hit your daily 7,500 steps. To see the most health benefits, you should try to hit this goal consistently, day after day. 

It’s not always easy to hit your target, though. Here are a few ways to pack the most punch in your walking time throughout the day:

  1. Walking speed matters for your health just as much as distance does. Next time you’re out, try increasing your pace to up the intensity. You'll also save time!
  2. Park farther away. Try the stairs. Make your next meeting a walk-and-talk. Go an extra block with your dog (if she’ll let you).
  3. Next time you shop, carry the bags into your home one at a time. That could get you a couple hundred extra steps, easy. 

Need help with creating and sticking with healthy habits like getting in your daily steps? The Attain app helps you get your body moving and your heart pumping — and you can earn points for hitting daily and weekly goals. Download today in the App Store. 

This material provides a general overview of the topic. Health information is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a therapist, physician or other health care professional. Contact a health care professional with any questions or concerns about specific health care needs.