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Hitting your step goal just a few days a week can have health benefits

Jordan D. Metzl, MD, sports medicine physician at HSS, joins TODAY and shared how to get the health benefits of walking without hitting 10,000 steps a day. 

You don't have to hit your step goal every single day to get the benefits of regular walking. New research suggests walking 8,000 steps just once or twice per week can have significant health benefits. Researchers saw the same benefits, in general, when participants walked anywhere between 6,000 to 10,000 steps.

Dr. Metzl noted, “When finding the right type of exercise, there's no one-size-fits-all answer — as long as it's something you enjoy enough to do it consistently.”

"The holy grail of fitness, in my world, is compliance," Dr. Metzl explained. “It doesn't matter if you're a yogi or a biker or a walker or a swimmer. We know that people will be the most compliant with something they're smiling about doing.”

Watch the segment here on today.com. The segment also aired on broadcast on TODAY on March 29, 2023.