What if I told you that a lot of what we believe to be true about fitness is actually all made up?
Well, I read something yesterday that got me thinking.
This study out of Harvard suggests that the whole 10,000 steps a day for good health thing is all a crock.
Turns out it was just some Japanese company back in the day (1965) who created a pedometer and the symbol for 10,000 in Japanese is like someone walking or running – so they settled on that figure.
Plus it’s a nice round number that is easy to remember and sounds good.
There was no scientific evidence behind it at all. Yet here we are.
We’ve just run with it, no pun intended, for 50 odd years.
Sounds kinda strange that we’ve just run with it and until now no one has questioned it’s relevance.
Now this gets me thinking, what else is all just a crock that we believe to be a certain fact of good health?
I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised by this finding, as like I’ve always said, anything is better than nothing.
So if you ‘only’ get to 7000 odd steps on a day but you’ve been active, I’d still consider that an effective day.
What do you think about this finding?
Are you surprised?
I guess the take home point is keep on moving regardless of how many steps you do. And the more you do the better.
That seems like a good medium.