Do the extra steps in your day really matter?

Holey Moley, the health care world is full of stories that contradict each other. Everyone will tell you it’s science, but very few can tell you if it’s actually definitive.

For years I’ve ben reading stories and hearing advertisements about how taking 10,000 or more steps a day will help us lose weight, get our hearts (and the rest of us) in good shape, and generally turn our frowns upside down. But now, I’m starting to see the counter-argument taking place… that the science of how many steps we take each day is complicated, and that movement may be less important than metabolism.

So the question remains: Do the extra steps in our days really matter?
Does getting out under the sun at least once in your day matter?

Do the simple things, like seeing the geese on the waterfront, help you feel better?

What about the steps needed to be with an important friend who means the world to you… do those steps matter?

Taking steps to be with someone close to you so you can spend time laughing and experiencing the world together… that’s priceless.

The steps you take on the way to seeking the help you need when you’re feeling down… do those matter to you?

Those steps I take walking with our dog each day… let me tell you, those matter.

If you have kids, I’ll bet every step taken to be with them matters more than I can describe here.

Without question, the steps we take to positively influence another life are golden.
I submit that health can be defined in many ways. And therefore, benefits to our health can be defined in many ways.

The steps themselves don’t matter. What we give and what we receive as a result of the steps we take is what really makes a difference.

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  • Rick Phillips  On June 13, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    For me, the definition of health is riding my bicycle for 7-9 miles most days and ramping up for the Indy Night Ride (next weekend) and the Tour De Cure in August. That is not reflected in step count. In fact, it may be more important than steps for me.

    The reason is I have Scheuermann’s Kyphosis and I have become increasingly more unstable as I walk. I agree walking is great and someday I hope step count will be important to me. So the fact i do 3-5K steps per day is a lot. No medical study will shame me into more, but, it might inspire me. I mean who knows?

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    • StephenS  On June 14, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      Rick, I think your comment may be longer than my blog post! But I like it! I think it’s going to be a great summer and I wish you the best on all your rides.


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