According to a lovely conclusion in a recent study that was published in the unbelievably-named International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (the publisher is clearly a person with one of those kids with three hyphenated last names, which many of them will eventually discard anyway), all you need to do to achieve the recommended levels of activity is what you were born to do: Walk, walk, walk.
And several studies have concluded that you don’t even have to get to 10,000 steps a day to achieve a decent level of fitness, although as ever, the more you do, the more you are likely to benefit (within reason, of course).
In fact, as I determined on my own on several occasions, the only way you can get to 10,000 steps a day is to dedicate at least 40-45 minutes a day to walking, which is not something most of us can do or are willing to do.
So good to know that there is nothing wrong with 7000 steps a day or even 6000, or whatever you can manage in your busy schedule.
Just make sure to do as many steps as you can at a moderate or brisk pace; and try to sit around less, too.
And if you can add in a few flights of stairs, well, hey, I allow you then to drop a few of your required steps as a reward.
How can you refuse, eh?
Good time to start right now, by the way.