Step Counting Craze Has Big Health Benefits


Step trackers and counting devices are becoming more and more popular.

There are dozens of trackers out there, from Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone and dozens of other bands.

But they all have the same goal in mind: Experts say to reach 10,000 steps a day.

Dr. Roy Buchinsky from Case Western's University Hospitals in Cleveland says there's a scientific reason for that.

"The goal of 10,000 steps reduces the long-term complications of diabetes, it can actually help with longevity,it can help decrease disability, it can help prevent coronary arterial disease," Buchinsky said.

That's equal to about five miles.

Dr.Buchinsky says studies show there are benefits from hitting lower numbers, but you'll get the most benefits by hitting five miles.

"Get up! Move around!" Buchinsky said. "If you're watching TV get up during the commercials,  or even better, get on a treadmill and even exercise while you're watching your favorite TV show."

He also recommends going for walking meetings and make sure you get up from your desk every 30 minutes, even if it's just for a minute at a time.

And don't forget, the other piece of the puzzle is your food choices!

Stress management, tobacco and sleep are also just as important.

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