One very common question that I get asked in my community is “How many steps should I do a week for weight loss?”
Firstly, I want to just say that steps are not the be all and end all! There I said it!
In fact, weight loss isn’t just about the exercise – but more on that later! In saying that, working towards a certain step count whether that be through day to day tasks, cardio or strength training can be a good way to contribute to our energy expenditure which contributes to weight loss.
So what’s the magic number you ask? In my challenges I advise working towards a step count of 8-12k steps alongside being in a calorie deficit if weight loss is a goal. Now getting these steps can be achieved in a range of different ways. In general I would say if you are a beginner to incorporate some strength training 1-2 times a week or 2-3 if you exercise regularly as a way to increase steps as well as through cardio and general NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) e.g. walking to your car, getting the groceries or doing the housework!
I find that we tend to get fixated on the step count HOWEVER, it’s not just about the steps! it’s important to realise that exercise is only one piece of the puzzle. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how much exercise you do, if you are eating more than you are expending you won’t experience weight loss – if this is your goal.