A Powerlifting Icon Explains How Walking Every Day Changed His Life

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Photo credit: Justin Case - Getty Images
Photo credit: Justin Case - Getty Images

In a recent conversation on his podcast Mark Bell's Power Project, Mark Bell spoke with powerlifter and strength coach Jesse Burdick about the positive impact that walking every day has had on their lives.

"I would encourage anybody to increase [their step count] by about 5,000 steps a day," said Bell, who recently walked 100,000 steps in a single day. "What's the norm for you... over time increase that by 5,000 steps." He added that this can be done slowly over time, and that everybody's ideal number of steps will vary depending on their health and fitness needs

In recent years, 10,000 steps has become widely accepted as a decent daily target, although that number is believed to originate from a pedometer used by a Japanese company, with spurious scientific justification. A minimum of 5,000 steps a day is definitely considered a good thing, though, as any less than that has been found to affect the body's ability to metabolise fat. And, of course, the more steps you are taking each day, the more calories you are burning, making walking a useful, low-impact tool for weight loss.

"For somebody looking to make a change, it's one meal and one 10-minute walk a day," said Burdick. "Everybody's got 10 minutes to go out there and take a walk, and that's all that it really takes. And it's going to have a compounding factor. If you're outside, getting a little bit of sun, breathing fresh air... it just has a compounding effect on your mood, psychologically, it keeps you further moving things along."

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