The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

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 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.

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