A research study looked at 332 middle-aged, overweight men who needed to lose weight and lower their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. A direct correlation existed between the daily number of steps taken, weight loss, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The more steps taken, the more weight was lost. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels dropped, too. A brisk 10,000 steps, a mile or two depending on the length of your stride, made for optimal benefits.