Kate Allott, the National Fitness Manager from Anytime Fitness, weighs in.
Which is better for you? 10,000 steps or a gym session?
Both are vitally important! Let me explain why. Have you heard the phrase, ‘sitting is the new smoking’? Well, while 10,000 steps a day isn’t exactly the fast way to your dream bod, it is the way to a healthy one, by negating a lot of the negative effects a sedentary lifestyle brings. A gym session is going to see a higher release of endorphins, higher calorie burn, and may help us reach our goals faster, however if you are sitting for the remaining 23 hours of the day it might not do as much as you would hope.
What is the difference between them?
As the effects are not immediate, it is easy to ignore what sitting all day can do. Sometimes we need to stop and realise just how sedentary our lifestyles are. Moving 10,000 steps per day can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other cardiovascular-related illnesses. While gym sessions will also reduce these risks, they add the benefits of strength training, which is important for variety, stress release, building lean muscle, and the opportunity to burn some serious calories. Fitting both into your day allows us to combat those hours we spend stationary.
Can there be different answers for different people, or does it depend on your desired outcomes?
There are always variables depending on the person and their abilities, however in this circumstance everyone can benefit from both. Just like hydration being vital to life, so is movement. No matter your lifestyle, size, or goal, ensuring you move 10,000 steps is very important. In addition to that, my favourite thing about the gym is that there really is something for everyone. While it may seem daunting to some, a coach can always help you to find something you are comfortable with and that you enjoy.