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10,000-step program to health fitness

  • 23 February 2010
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According to an international study, walking 10,000 steps each day (about eight kilometers, or five miles) has been scientifically shown to improve your health and well-being. And, all you have to do to start is put one foot in front of the other.

The researchers at the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) studied 60,000 workers in fifty-five countries around the world for eight months.

Each participant had the aim to walk 10,000 steps every day for this eight-month period.

Ten thousand steps are approximately equal to five miles, or eight kilometers.

At the conclusion of the study, the GCC researchers found that 67% of the participants reported an 'increase in fitness and energy levels and '¦ lost an average of 10 pounds each'”just from walking.' [Fox News (2.22.10): 'Global Study: 10,000 Steps a Day is Good for You']

In addition, after four months into the study, 34% of the participants that started the study with high blood pressure had lowered their pressure. [Fox News]

And, the participants also reduced their waist size by an average of two inches, reduced their BMI (body mass index, a measure of being of underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese), and reduced their risk from heart disease and type 2 diabetes. [Fox News]

Page two talks about why the GCC was formed, and why it is important to talk 10,000 steps each day.

Former Australian Olympic champion Herb Elliott, advertising executive Glenn Riseley, and Australian nutritionist Shane Bilsborough formed the GCC in 2004. It is based out of Melbourne, Australia.

The founding members were quoted within the website to have started the organization because: 'They were concerned that as the world continued to get more complicated, people were losing their relationship with their bodies and the importance of exercise."

"[They] decided that really making a difference meant not sitting around boardrooms talking about what could be done, or conducting countless studies on which approach to take.'

'Instead they did it themselves, creating a simple virtual health event which was easy to understand, focused on business and was above all else, fun to take part in."

"The result is a perfect amalgam of Shane's scientific expertise, Glenn's consumer behaviour, creative and commercial abilities, and Herb's wealth of experience and respect across the business and sport worlds.'

Page three concludes with information about the Global Corporate Challenge.

Learn more about the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) at its website.

The GCC state on its website: 'The average worker walks around 3,500 steps a day. Longer work hours, sedentary jobs and modern conveniences are keeping us from moving more and the long-term effects are devastating to both personal health and workplace productivity.'

'However, The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends individuals take 10,000 steps daily to improve their health and reduce the risks of disease. Because the WHO is full of very talented and smart people, the GCC uses this 10,000 step recommendation and encourages participants to reach this target each day of the event.'

'Over the 16 weeks of the GCC, participants do this by increasing their activity, both structured (i.e. planning to go for a walk at a certain time), and unstructured (i.e. seeing a chance to walk and taking it).'

'As the GCC progresses, participants change their behaviour and more and more activity is incorporated into their day. This begins the significant health benefits for both the individual and the workplace.'

Learn more about the "Benefits of Walking - How Walking Reduces Health Risks" at About.com:Walking

The Mayo Clinic adds even more information at "Walking for fitness: How to trim your waistline, improve your health."


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