Taking a “brisk” walk everyday is a great for your health, but what does that really mean anyway? The term may be subjective, butnew researchreveals just how fast we should be walking to lose weight. An analysis of 38 studies of men and women finds that 100 steps a minute is the goal.
And it’s an easy number for us to measure on our own, without any special equipment or expertise. All you need to do is count how many steps you take in 10 seconds and multiply that by six.
The idea is to increase your heart rate to 70% of its max, that’s the ideal intensity and cadence for weight loss. And we should be doing 30 to 45 minutes of “brisk walking,” which is about 3,000 steps at the 100 steps a minute pace. If you want to go for a little more, aim for a “vigorous walking pace” of 130 steps a minute, which is just a little slower than jogging that generally starts at 140 steps a minute.
And the best part? Researchers say the “brisk” pace probably won’t feel strenuous to most of us.