When I talk about weight training, cardio, and physical activity of any kind, I usually do it from the perspective of losing fat and building muscle.

Today, however, I’m going to do it from the perspective of overall health.

Specifically, I’m going to tell you how many steps to take per day and how much cardio to do per week if you want to optimize your health and maximize the benefits exercise provides.

That means I’m going to break up my recommendations into two categories:

  1. Daily steps.
    This is the total number of steps you take over the course of the day, regardless of the purpose or intensity of those steps. It would include everything from high intensity running to casually walking from your kitchen to the bathroom, and everything in between.
  2. “True cardio.”
    This is more in line with what most people consider “cardio” to be, in that
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