10,000 Steps – Who’s idea was it anyway? How can I make my steps count during this covid era?
We know that being being sedentary is not good for anybody’s health. So what is behind the notion that 10,000 steps a day is the number to aim for?
Where did this idea originate? It is believed to date back to the 60s when Japanese walking groups were gaining popularity. One particular pedometer manufacturer called their step-counter Manpo-Kei which translated into 10,000 steps meter. Their marketing slogan was “Let’s walk 10,000 steps a day.” Due to this catchy phrase the idea of aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day appears to have caught on.
It is believed that an inactive but otherwise healthy adult does on average 6,000 steps a day when carrying out their ordinary day to day activities. Therefore, in order to achieve 10,000 steps, they would need to do an additional 4,000 steps. This could be achieved by doing a brisk walk for 30 minutes. The official recommendation for exercise for an adult also happens to be 30 minutes of moderate activity, at least 5 times per week. The 10,000-steps mark would be reached by including a brisk 30 minute walk each day
We know that any increase in physical activity is almost always going to benefit your health. At Southside Physiotherapy Clinic, we recommend that your goals should be based on your current level of activity. We then try to increase this gradually– aiming for a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 times a week. These active minutes can be broken up into chunks. For example, three brisk 10-minute walks a day to accommodate a busy schedule would be better than not doing any activity at all.
If you become more active during the Covid pandemic, you could achieve benefit to your overall health by just increasing the number of steps that you take. If you have any queries about safely increasing your walking and exercise levels, click to book an appointment. Stay safe from all of us in Southside Physiotherapy Clinic.