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The 10 000 steps myth: Aspects of walking most beneficial to our overall wellbeing

Article Source: https://www.teachermagazine.com/au_en/articles/the-10-000-steps-myth-aspects-of-walking-most-beneficial-to-our-overall-wellbeing

To see benefits to our physical and mental health, do we need to walk 10 000 steps every single day? Postdoctoral Research Fellow Matthew Ahmadi from the University of Sydney says the most important walking goal to have is simply to walk when you’re able to.

We have all heard that we should be aiming to walk 10 000 steps per day to achieve health benefits, but how accurate is that goal for us all? Is it something we should be aiming for each and every day?

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Matthew Ahmadi, from the University of Sydney, says current evidence shows we can achieve significant health benefits by walking fewer than 10 000 steps. His research currently focuses on measurements of physical activities taken by wearable devices (like smart watches and phones), and using these measurements to assess the relationship between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep, with non-communicable diseases throughout the life course.

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