Walking 3,000 steps over 30 minutes, five days a week — or 1,000 steps for 10 minutes a day — can get your heart pumping enough to cut your risk of heart disease, according to research in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The best bang for your buck is something of moderate intensity."
Instead of merely trying to rack up 10,000 steps a day, Marshall tells ScientificAmerican.com, think about building a heart-healthy level activity into your routine. Figure out a regular walking route during which you take 1,000 steps. Then, try to get through those steps in 10 minutes — and walk them every day.
"Walking 3,000 steps in 30 minutes could be more beneficial to your health than walking 10,000 steps, period," Marshall says. "You're guaranteeing walking at a pace that's beneficial to your heart."