Forget 10,000 steps — here’s how much you should actually walk per day, according to science

Jul 9 · 3 min read

Walking is great for your health, but the 10,000-steps rule is a myth based on a 1960s marketing campaign. Research says you can benefit from fewer.

An individual walking.
Walking can help reduce your risk of illness and improve mental and physical health. Photo: TravelCouples/Getty Images

By Gabby Landsverk

Despite the recommendations of pedometers everywhere, there’s nothing scientific to the goal of walking 10,000 steps…