How many steps should I take in a day to lose weight?

With obesity being an epidemic in our society, there is a lot of attention put on the risks of being overweight. Diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis are just a few of the health problems associated with obesity. Due to these warnings, many people are making changes and getting active. For many wanting to get healthier, walking is an effective way to accomplish that.

How much walking does it take to make a difference? 10,000 steps per day is the number to aim for. It may sound like a lot, but it is equal to about 30 minutes of strenuous activity or walking 5 miles. To put things into perspective, one extra pound of fat on your body is equal to 3,500 calories. To put a dent into those extra pounds, it is going to take some effort to lose some of that weight. If you can make a way to get 10,000 steps a day in your daily routine, you will be burning 2,000 to 3,500 calories a week!

Start small!

Aim to increase your steps each week and be creative with how to get those extra steps in. Using a pedometer is a great tool to keep track of your progress.

If you are concerned about your foot health or footwear, see Dr. Danciger before beginning to step up your fitness routine. He can partner with you to help you reach your goals and keep your feet healthy along the way. Contact him online to set up an appointment, or give him a call at (760) 568-0108.


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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle