For many of us — especially those who’ve invested in a FitBit, an Apple watch or other wearable device — taking 10,000 steps each day has become more than an exercise goal. It’s become an established fixture of what we perceive as a physically fit lifestyle, and a sign that we’re taking healthy living seriously. But, as with so many of our other longstanding health-related beliefs, few of us ask where the 10,000-steps-a-day goal came from. Why that particular number of steps? Why not 5,000 — or 15,000? In an article published Monday in the Guardian newspaper, health journalist David Cox examines the source of the claim that 10,000 daily steps are needed to be healthy. As he explains, the source is rather spurious. “10,000 steps is a completely arbitrary figure, one that originates from a successful Japanese marketing campaign in the mid-60s,” he writes. “In an attempt to capitalize on the immense popularity of the 1964 Tokyo … [Read more...] about Taking 10,000 steps a day may be a healthy fitness goal, but it’s also an arbitrary one
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WorldA company in China has come under fire for fining employees who didn't walk at least 180,000 steps a month, according to reports.The unnamed real estate firm in the southern city of Guangzhou said it would fine workers 0.01 yuan ($0.0015) for every step missed from their monthly target.Read more: Huawei—How arrest of China's tech 'princess' could blow up Trump's trade truceThe company reportedly tracked the worker's steps using the messaging app WeChat, which allows users to share with friends how many steps they have walked in a day, according to the South China Morning Post.One human resources officer who works at the firm said she was deducted 100 yuan ($14.55) from her wages for missing the monthly target by 10,000 steps.“I understand that the company wants employees to exercise more. But we are very busy at work, and we often work late into the night,” the worker, who did not wish to be named, told Information … [Read more...] about Chinese Company Fines Staff Who Walk Less Than 180,000 Steps a Month
Since the dawn of our Fitbit, step-tracking culture, we’ve been programed to strive for 10,000 steps a day — and to feel guilty if we haven’t hit that daily benchmark. But a new study out of Harvard Medical School says that less may be more when it comes to walking. The study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine, says that notching only half of that 10,000 number is linked to a decreased risk for early deaths in older women. And the benefits might even flatten out after about 7,500 steps, making those extra 2,500 paces futile. “You don’t need to get a lot of steps to see benefits in mortality rates,” co-author I-Min Lee, an epidemiologist in the division of preventive medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, tells The Post. “People are hung up on the 10,000 number. They diligently try to get that number because it’s conventional wisdom, but it’s fun to question … [Read more...] about Sorry, fitness fanatics: Your 10,000-step goal is bogus
I recently saw in the news information about a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that even a small effort in the steps-a-day category can totally alter mortality rate.The study followed more than 16,000 women with an average age of 72. After four-plus years, the women who averaged 4,400 steps a day had a lower rate of death than the ones who averaged 2,700 steps per day. At around 7,500 steps a day, the benefit started to level out.The official recommendation from many experts is 150 minutes of activity a week. Somewhere down the line, someone recommended 10,000 steps a day as the magic number for activity. That equates to about five miles a day.But where did the recommendation of 10,000 steps come from? Apparently, in the 1960s, a doctor in Japan by the name of Yoshiro Hatano became concerned that the average citizen of Japan was not getting enough exercise. He found that on average the Japanese walked 3,500-5,000 steps a day. Hatano marketed a … [Read more...] about It doesn’t take 10,000 steps a day to get healthier
When Sonia Anderson got her first Fitbit step tracker, she started hiking the trails near her apartment complex in Alexandria, Va., on a mission to clock 10,000 steps a day. Like many other folks, the 63-year-old Anderson bought into the $26 billion global step tracker industry that started about a decade ago. She even compares her daily step totals with a friend, Landy Sorensen, 43, with the two of them competing to record just one more step than the other. Their obsession with amassing steps might help then live longer, according to a recent Harvard University study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But the study also questions the appropriateness of the 10,000-step goal. The researchers concluded that among older women, as few as 4,400 steps per day helped to lower mortality rates. With more steps per day, mortality rates decreased before leveling off at 7,500 steps, the study found. In other words, the magic marketing number of 10,000 daily steps … [Read more...] about Is the 10,000 step goal just a myth?