Do You Need To Walk 10,000 Steps A Day - If You Want To Be Fit?

Is 10,000 steps a day the answer to perfect health? Or is it just an arbitrary number? Do you really need to walk 10,000 steps a day if you want to be fit?

The idea of walking 10,000 steps a day seems to come from the Japanese word Manpo-Kei and a push to improve the nation’s fitness before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

10,000 steps was the default setting on a pedometer introduced in Japan at the same time. Manpo-Kei became a popular slogan, as walking was embraced as an affordable way to exercise, accessible to everyone.

Will It Make You Healthy?

10,000 steps is about 4-5 miles and will typically burn around 300 to 400 calories. Studies show that a  regular walking habit is good for your health.

Needs To Be Consistent

It's better to walk a shorter distance -  say 4000 steps every day than just walk 10,000 steps occasionally. For good health, walking needs to be a long-term habit.

Tips To Walk More

Leave the car at home for short trips. Walk in your lunch break. Get a dog! Walk around the office if you need to speak to someone instead of picking up the phone. Meet up with friends for a walk.

A pedometer can be a good way to remind yourself to walk more. You don't need to be a slave to walking a certain number of steps a day but it can be good to have a target.

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