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How many steps should I take a day?

Current guidelines suggest you should strive for 10,000 steps per day. 10,000 steps equate to approximately 5 miles. However, your personal health, wellness, and fitness goals should play a factor in determining how many steps you strive for each day. For example, youth and adolescents should strive for a minimum of one hour of physical activity per day and oftentimes easily exceed 10,000 steps. Conversely, if you’re currently sedentary or have a chronic disease such as heart disease or diabetes, slowly work your way up to 10,000 steps.

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