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How many steps should you take a day for good health?

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According to PBS and Harvard Medical School, people should take about 10,000 steps a day for good health. However, PBS points out that not everyone can walk 10,000 steps daily right away and that gradually working toward 10,000 — by increasing steps by 20 percent weekly — is fine.

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Among the health benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day are reduced disease risk and a healthier life, according to PBS. Harvard Medical School and PBS say that setting a goal and wearing a pedometer often help people walk more. Harvard Medical School recommends walking at least 3 mph to get more health benefits.

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