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10,000 steps? A reporter pounds the pavement
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Jeff and his pedometer. (MPR Photo/Jeff Horwich)
Programs from HealthPartners and others say 10,000 steps a day should get you a recommended minimum level of daily physical activity. MPR reporter Jeff Horwich clipped on a pedometer for a typical day to see what it takes to reach that goal.

Collegeville, Minn. —

•5:00 - 5:45 a.m.: Wake up, shower, random stumbling around apartment. Steps: 140

•5:46 - 6:20 a.m.: Drive to work, park, and walk to office. Steps: 504

•6:21 a.m. - 12 noon: In office, including frequent pacing and trips to the studio and copy machine. Steps: 1,473

•12:01 - 12:30 p.m.: Walk downstairs three flights to lunch (healthy, of course), and back. Steps: 717

•12:31 - 3:00 p.m.: Back in office. Mostly at desk, writing important things. Steps: 336

•3:01 - 3:30 p.m.: Walk back to car, head toward home. Steps: 545

•3:31 - 4:00 p.m.: Stop on the way home for errands at the grocery and hardware stores. Steps: 1,696

•4:01 - 5:50 p.m.: Drive home, some routine chores. Steps: 795

•5:51 - 6:20 p.m.: Brisk 30-minute walk through St. Cloud neighborhood. Steps: 4,189

•6:21 - 9:00 p.m.: Cook dinner, typical lazy evening at home. Steps: 745

Total steps: 11,140. It can be done.

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