More steps and less sedentary time helps optimize your health

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Researchers say walking faster and sitting less helps you to optimize your health.

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Staying active has been recognized as a vital component of good health. Fast walking with less sitting can go a long way to help you optimize your health.

Walk faster and sit for less time

Oregon State University has reported that if you walk faster and sit for less time you can optimize the steps you take. If you find that it's not possible to meet a goal of a standard target of 10,000 steps a smaller number of steps can also lead to health benefits. This is particularly true if the steps are taken at moderate or greater intensity.

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Along with a brisk pace of walking leading a less sedentary lifestyle also helps with attaining healthy cholesterol levels and other healthy factors. The bottom line is that some physical activity is better than no physical activity at all. Generally the more physical activity you have the healthier you will be.

A good goal for healthy adults is to spend about 150 minutes a week getting 100 or more steps per minute.

Taking greater numbers of steps for a significant period of time is beneficial for your health. A good goal for healthy adults is to spend about 150 minutes a week getting 100 or more steps per minute. Furthermore, it's a good idea to spend as little time as possible being sedentary. Present physical activity guidelines states that aerobic activity should be accumulated in bouts which are 10 minutes in duration.

This study has been published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.. A vision is shared for the future wherein wearable fitness trackers will feature apps which make minute-by-minute data available for the user. This supports a concept of personalized medicine.

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