You May Not Need an Apple Watch to Count Steps

Aerobic exercise improves heart function. Maintaining a healthy weight can improve your cognitive function and prevent metabolic syndrome. While research suggests a beneficial increase to 15,000, a longstanding general goal of 10,000 steps per day is recommended for the average person. That works out to about five miles (8 kilometers).

By contrast, 1,000 to 3,000 steps is considered sedentary. Unfortunately, some desk jockeys fall below that—especially if they spend long hours in front of computers in home offices. According to fitness advisors, a reasonable goal is to increase daily steps by 500 each week, until averaging ten thousand per day. But how do you count them, and more importantly, accomplish your goal?

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