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HOW TO HIT 10,000 STEPS
Hands up if you reach the World Health Organisation’s recommended goal of 10,000 steps every day? According to Australian Health Survey findings, only one in five of us do. Time to step it up!
The easiest way to raise your step count is to turn exercise into a game – and get your loved ones into it, too. A study by the University of Pennsylvania in the US asked a group of families to set daily and weekly step goals and awarded a prize to those who reached their targets. Compared to people who worked out alone, those who took part in the competition racked up an average of 1700 more daily steps, and also stuck with it long after the study ended.
A bit of friendly competition can help you stick with your fitness goals, so why not sign yourself and friends up to a walk-off on the free program at 10000steps.org.au? If strolls in the park aren’t your thing, try kickboxing, lacrosse, handball or squash. Researchers at Purdue University in the US say these have some of the highest step counts per minute, so they’re guaranteed to give you a head start.