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Now that digital pedometers are suddenly everywhere—fitness trackers, cell phones, smartwatches—attaining 10,000 steps a day has become a bit of a national obsession. As silly as it may feel to find yourself pacing in your living room late at night to get those last few 100 steps, it is more than a game. A 2017 study showed that when it comes to losing weight, collecting 10,000 steps a day is just as effective as doing five 30-minute workouts a week.

Consistent daily activity nourishes nearly every system in your body. A study published in the journal Comprehensive Physiology found that 35 different chronic health conditions are accelerated by physical inactivity. They range from heart disease and stroke to depression and constipation.

When you get 10,000 steps a day, you put another brick in the wall that protects your health. On the other hand, a day of watching Netflix and surfing Amazon

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