It’s fair to say that attempting to achieve 10,000 steps every day is an unrealistic goal in truth. Along with the fact that it’s daunting, it also doesn’t take into account ‘intensity’, in which according to Australian government’s guidelines is quite essential.
Current guidelines advise us to get at least 150 minutes of “moderate intensity” physical activity per week, or 75 minutes of “vigorous intensity” activity. Our issue is classifying what ‘moderate-intensity’is.
A new study published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity explains that what we should be aiming for is to walk at a pace of about 100 steps per minute to reach “moderate intensity”. If you’re struggling to imagine what that looks like, think 25 steps in 15-seconds. It’s a brisk, purposeful walk. If you up that to 130 steps per minute, it will lift you into the “vigorous intensity” zone.
So here is the break down… if you walk at 100 steps per minute for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, you’ll tick off your “moderate intensity” fitness goal.
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