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10,000 steps

Published on 19 November 2021

By chance I ended up watching this video talking about the myth of 10,000 steps.

Apparently the idea that we should be doing 10,000 steps a day came from a marketing campaign for a pedometer in Japan.

From a scientific point of view 7,500 steps are the ideal target, with anymore than that having little to no extra benefits.

Steps alone are not enough. The speed of your walking is just as, if not more important. Whilst a casual walk might bring some benefits, a brisk walk will help you to lower your risk of heart disease.

The takeaway I got from the video was that as a rule of thumb, a 30 minute brisk walk every day should be enough.

This post is part of a series of posts in which I write and publish a blog post every day throughout November 2021. There are no constraints on the project and the posts don’t neccissarliy have any connection to each other.

See all of the posts in the 30 days of writing project.