I walked 10,000 steps a day for a month. Here’s what happened

For all of August, I decided to walk or run at least 10,000 steps a day, every day. By August 31, I’d hit 376,000 steps in total (or about 12,100 per day on average). The question is, does walking this much every day actually matter for your health? And how many steps do you actually need?

Since moving from New York City to California, I’ve spent a lot of time indoors, thanks mostly to (A) the pandemic and (B) my work-from-home writing job. My daily step average has been closer to 5,000, dragged much higher than the reality by my 2–4 runs per week that go well beyond 10,000 steps. 

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Lloyd, the Android Central mascot, break-dancing

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In this weekly column, Android Central Fitness Editor Michael Hicks talks about the world of wearables, apps, and fitness tech related to running and health, in his quest to get faster and more fit.

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