With the trendiness of fitness trackers, 10,000 has become a number imprinted in our heads. You have likely read that 10,000 steps per day is an essential goal to achieve good health. Wondering why? 10,000 steps is equivalent to approximately four or five miles depending on how fast you walk. With 10,000 steps you can reap some serious health benefits including: lower blood pressure, reduced glucose levels, weight-loss, mild cardiovascular benefits. According to Live Science, the theory is that if you at least get off the couch and walk 10,000 steps, you will be much healthier on a relative basis. The time it takes to do 10,00o steps, on average, 40-60 minutes, will also help you achieve the CDCs recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week.