Good News About That Fitness Tracker 10,000 Step Goal

June 4, 2019

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Fitness trackers know about 10,000.  That's the goal many set for you for the number of step to take within a day. While that may be quite a challenge when you have projects due on a tight timeline, there is new evidence that suggests that people who step less than half that amount may still see significant health benefits. The four-year study found that 25% of women who walked the least, averaging close to 2,700 steps, were most likely to die in the approximately 4.3-year follow-up period. Reaching about 4,400 steps was associated with significantly lower risk for death. What is interesting is health benefit of walking leveled off after about 7,500 daily steps and the speed or intensity that people walked at didn’t seem to affect mortality rates. This is one of the first studies to look at the “dose-response” for steps, showing just how many steps are associated with reduced risk for death. So where did 10,000 steps come from?  Well the credit goes to the Manpo-kei pedometer. Prior to the 1964 Tokyo, Japan Olympics, an awareness had begun to spread about the fact that regular exercise was a good way to fight against lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and strokes and the simplest exercise is walking. While walking doesn't require and special equipment, the marketing team of the Manpo-kei pedometer, which literally translates to 10,000 steps became a rally cry for fitness. So the whole 10,000 steps is more marketing than science!

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SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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