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10,000 steps - myth? Cardiologist reveals whether daily step count norm exists

10,000 steps - myth? Cardiologist reveals whether daily step count norm exists Is there a recommended daily step count? (Photo: Freepik)

Everyone believes that 10,000 steps a day is the number necessary to stay fit and healthy. However, as it turns out, it's just a marketing ploy, reveals Ukrainian cardiologist Natalia Ivaniuk.

Who invented this myth

According to the doctor, most fitness trackers found in stores are programmed with a goal of 10,000 steps per day.

The norm of 10,000 steps per day was introduced for marketing purposes, not as a scientifically proven benefit. As far back as 1965 in Japan, the Manpo-kei pedometer (ten thousand steps counter) appeared.

It was invented by a professor of public health who noticed that many city residents suffered from obesity. To solve the problem, it was enough to make people burn 300-400 kcal - this is approximately a 7-8 km walk per day.

Therefore, to motivate the population, he invented a mechanical pedometer with a programmed goal of 10,000 steps.

Since then, such a number has remained in people's consciousness, although its benefits are not proven at all.

The cardiologist noted that health is influenced not only by the number of steps taken but also by giving up harmful habits.

It is worth remembering that walking is beneficial, but it is not necessary to fixate on the number, as everything is very individual.

What to adhere

Walking can lower blood pressure, strengthen bones and protect them from damage, increase energy levels, as well as provide you with endorphins, and help you maintain a healthy weight along with a healthy diet.

In particular, it is advisable to follow the rules:

  • adhere to tips from a personal trainer
  • walk instead of taking a bus or car if the distance allows
  • if you work at a desk, set hourly reminders to stand up and move around
  • take a 30-minute walk every day
  • take walks with friends in the park or on forest trails.

Earlier, we reported on a habit that can help improve life.

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