Professor James O. Hill popularized the 10,000 step phenomenon - an idea that became an initiative of sorts, encouraging people to get at least 10,000 steps each day. Pedometers became popular gadgets, flying off of store shelves and making their way into boxes of Frosted Flakes (I won't go there).

So we know approximately how many steps we need, but how fast we should be taking those steps to keep fit?

At least 100 per minute, say researchers.

Researchers at San Diego State University found that a pace of 100 steps a minute or more was enough for the workout to be considered of moderate intensity. This equates to a minimum of 3000 steps in 30 minutes.

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I have to say I have always liked the 10,000 steps idea. The concept of just getting up and moving around more can only help improve your health. I feel that this study adds another dimension to the get more steps philosophy - setting a pace goal.

For the masses of deconditioned people, I doubt you'll find a better combination of simplicity and effectiveness.

Great idea, but prioritize

As highly supportive I am of the idea of walking more and walking faster, putting a major dent in fat loss efforts will requires a more multi-pronged approach.

Walking should be towards the bottom of the priority hierarchy, with consistent focus on healthy eating and resistance training taking precedence. That said, walking should take priority over Grey's Anatomy, Texas Hold 'em and X-Box.