10,000 steps a day keep the consequences of inactivity away

Humans are built for movement.


When she sang the title line of her 1960s hit These Boots are Made for Walkin’ it is doubtful that Nancy Sinatra meant the hiking or trekking boots that have become so fashionable of late. She was more interested in settling accounts with her partner than in expressing her wanderlust or the joy of movement. And there is also no need to use hiking boots to complete the 10,000 steps a day recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). That is the amount of daily exercise needed to stay healthy.

Anyone with a minimum understanding of cars knows what can happen when a vehicle is not moved: storage damage! If we apply this to humans, we would probably have to warn against seat damage. This is because in our everyday life most of us spend far too much time sitting down instead of moving. It is not for nothing that many doctors warn that sitting too much is the new smoking. Just as a vehicle is called an automobile because it is mobile, humans should actually be called runners because they are genetically and anatomically designed to run. But running is not everybody’s cup of tea. Nevertheless, the above-mentioned 10,000 steps a day are very useful. They also prevent too many fat deposits from accumulating in the body over time.

Lack of exercise makes you ill

If you want to be on the safe side in this respect, you can also enhance your exercise concept with a better, i.e. higher quality, diet, for example by using Almased. This successful formulated product stabilises body weight within the desired range over the long term, which ultimately also facilitates movement and relieves strain on the joints. Almased also provides the body with important nutrients and prevents the so-called lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes or cardiovascular disease. As these complaints or ailments often involve a lack of exercise, they should actually come under the heading ‘consequences of inactivity’.

Many people are aware of their inactivity and try to compensate for this by means of concentrated physical exercise. This is a strategy that doctors urgently advise against, especially for the untrained. Because in such cases there is all too easily a risk of overdoing things. Scientific studies have also clearly shown that a lot of physical exercise all at once does not help much if you are inactive most of the time.

Instead, many experts, and not only those from the WHO, are recommending people to exercise more continuously, in the form of the 10,000 steps a day mentioned above. Many people will argue that it is impossible to find the time for this in their crammed and extremely tight daily schedules. Especially since it is not possible to complete the 10,000 steps casually, something many contemporaries have already found out when a modern fitness wristband or a watch with a pedometer has shown them just how little they have actually moved during the day, contrary to their personal perception. In this respect, many people tend to overestimate themselves or their activity.

Too much comfort becomes uncomfortable

But even if they don’t manage the recommended 10,000 steps every day, most people can incorporate more physical exercise into their everyday lives – for the sake of their own well-being. This starts with using stairs instead of a lift or an escalator more often. Or if they travel to work by bus or train, getting off one stop before their actual destination and walking the rest of the way. It all adds a few steps to the total. Or they can plan a short walk after lunch: ten minutes will already have a positive effect. In this way people can eliminate one comfort after the other from their daily routine without much effort or exertion. It may not sound very comfortable, but it does make a considerable contribution to health and fitness. And in many cases, it also contributes to reducing stress and banishing bad moods.

In combination with Almased, more exercise soon becomes noticeable in the form of a more attractive figure. This also contributes to personal well-being.

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