A Man Walked 10,000 Steps Everyday For One Month To See What It Does To His Body

YouTuber Matt D’Avella walked 10,000 steps per day and tracked any changes.

Cardio has evolved over the years. Athletes have found creative ways to work cardio into their daily workout routines. Recently, YouTuber Matt D’Avella decided to put one form of cardio to the test. D’Avella committed to 10,000 steps per day for one month and tracked his progress.

Walking has become a popular form of cardio, especially on an treadmill that is on an incline. D’Avella claims that he is not on a treadmill often and wanted to work walking into his daily routine.

“I rarely hit the treadmill, I don’t run, and my average steps for the day for the last three years have been less than 4,000. I want to finally add more movement into my daily routine, and so I’m going to walk 10,000 steps a day for 30 days.”

D’Avella shared a video to his YouTube page, which has 3.66 million subscribers, about his one month journey of adding more walking into his daily life.


Matt D’Avella Tracks Progress After Added Cardio

The challenge of 10,000 steps per day was linked to the time it took initially. Over the course of the month, D’Avella found himself switching up his daily routine in order to get the right amount of steps in.

“It is surprisingly difficult to get 10,000 steps into a day. I keep finding myself checking my tracker at 8 p.m. at night and realizing that I’m 2,000 or 3,000 steps short, and so what I’ve had to do is go out after dark and just walk around my neighborhood, which isn’t creepy at all.”

After the first week, D’Avella began focusing on getting his steps in earlier in the day. Once he got into this habit, it became more natural and was easier to do over the course of 30 days. In the end of the video, D’Avella shared his progress.


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In one month, D’Avella averaged 12,140 steps per day and walked a total of 364,000. His weight was consistent throughout, starting and ending at 160 pounds. There was a slight fluctuation in the middle of the month but he ended at the same point. Also, the additional steps and cardio did not impact other data points studied, such as blood pressure or resting heart rate.

D’Avella admitted that his sister was in town visiting for three weeks during this month so he was straying away from his normal diet at times. Of course, it is unknown if this was a factor in the study. What we do know is that D’Avella intends to keep walking in his routine — but maybe not 10,000 steps.

“I feel a lot better. I do. I feel a lot better that I have gotten this extra cardio in, even if that cardio was as simple as walking more.

I don’t intend to hit 10,000 steps every single day, I just don’t think that’s a realistic goal for me personally, but I do intend to walk more.”

Matt D’Avella mentioned setting a more reasonable goal for himself and focused on 7,500 steps rather than 10,000. Walking remains one of the top forms of cardio and D’Avella wants to keep feeling this way moving forward. Similar to other cardio exercises, the StairMaster can strengthen your lungs and heart with a consistent aerobics routine. Bodybuilders and athletes alike need healthy hearts to pump oxygen blood through their muscles and organs.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation, NJ.com, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.