Why you should walk 10,000 steps a day


Caroline Gerber, Staff Writer

There is a crisis in America: the vast majority of individuals are considered unhealthy, caused in large part by sedentary lifestyles and lack of movement. This problem has only worsened in recent years due to an increase of individuals working from home.

This crisis is causing billions of dollars in lost worker productivity, millions of dollars in increased medical care costs, and billions of dollars in expenditures in pharmaceuticals. In addition, it is taking a drastic toll on the mental wellbeing of millions.

This crisis is not just affecting the middle aged and older members of society, but is also a prevalent issue amongst the youth, which is especially terrifying because the habits formed in youth tend to last a lifetime. Therefore, the outlook for millions of Americans will continue to worsen.

The state of inactiveness in America’s youth can be seen in the alarming statistic that 77% of America’s youth cannot meet the minimal physical requirements for military service.

Additionally this crisis has taken a toll on mental health. Currently 17% of Americans aged 12-17 suffer from depression, and these rates are steadily rising. According to The National Institute of Health inactivity is a common cause of depression and mood swings.

As grim as all of this seems, there is a simple solution to reverse these negative trends, returning to what humans were designed to do: walking.

This solution doesn’t require a gym membership, a personal trainer, or equipment.

Walking 10,000 steps a day has been proven to decrease one’s risk of developing dementia by 50%, as well as reduce the likelihood of developing 13 different types of cancers

Walking 10,000 steps a day also boosts mood, improves sleep, clears the mind, decreases depression and anxiety, and reduces the risk of heart attack

Walking 10,000 steps daily results in an average weight loss of one pound per week.

There is no downside to walking. In the time it would take to watch one to two episodes of a show a person could have completed 10,000 steps (five miles) at a leisurely pace. 

Habits predict the future, so challenge yourself to create the habits that will lead to a long, active life free of disease and depression.