If your goal is to maintain your weight and stay healthy, having a daily practice of walking can help—especially if you hit the right amount of steps per day,
“On average, data has shown that there are benefits for overall health and wellness if you can get in 10,000 steps a day,” says Dr. Lee. “That is equivalent to about 5 miles of distance, depending on the length of your legs and your stride.”
Dr. Lee says that for people who like to track, wearing a pedometer and actually measuring your steps can be helpful in terms of actually reaching those 10,000 steps a day.
“The standard distance and amount of steps to be considered beneficial for health and wellness is about 10,000 steps,” she says. “This also includes walking from your car in a parking lot, going up and down the stairs at your work, or moving around to do house chores.”