I have come across a lot of research recently regarding the importance of walking to help prevent arthritis. Many people think that if they have arthritis in their joints then exercise may do more damage. This is unfortunate as research shows that walking 3,000 steps a day can stop arthritic symptoms worsening. Being active keeps the joints lubricated. Not news for physios but always good to spread the word and encourage activity.
I don’t actually know how many steps I take playing a tennis match and so have decided to buy a pedometer to see.
I have also read that taking 6,000 steps a day, or roughly 3 miles, was an ideal amount as it has been found that people who walk this amount are more likely to be mobile two years later. So why not give it a go and see how many steps you take each day…it might just save your knees!