So tell me -Why 10,000 Steps-A-Day?

Well, it all started in Japan many, many years ago…

The recommended 10,000 steps daily originated in Japan in the early 1960s. Japanese researchers lead by Dr Yoshiro Hatano determined the average person took 3,500 to 5,000 steps per day, and that if they were to increase their steps to 10,000 steps per day the result would be healthier, thinner people!

Dr. Hatano’s calculations also showed that we should walk 10,000 steps a day to burn about 20 percent of our caloric intake through activity.

It took a couple more decades for the modern pedometer and Dr Yoshiro Hatano’s research of 10,000 steps to reach a wider audience such as America. Even though millions of Japanese had been using this amazingly simple but highly effective motivational tool for many years prior. With Obesity steadily climbing due to inactivity and high consumptions of fast foods, it wasn’t until the early 90’s that researchers and the consumer market turned to the humble pedometer and Dr Hatanos’ 10,000 step research to try to increase activity levels of the ever growing inactive population.

10,000 steps daily is a realistic focus that is achievable by every one of all shapes, sizes and ages.

10,000 steps and you!

The 10,000 daily step challenge is about introducing physical activity into your very busy and often hectic lifestyle without having to set aside ‘Special’ time for exercise – you simply make yourself aware of opportunities available to you during your normal day ie

  • Taking stairs instead of the lift or escalator
  • Carrying the shopping in one bag at a time
  • Taking a 5 minute walk at a lunchtime
  • Stepping out for 10 minutes with a friend or workmate

How many steps do you do? If you want to find out, clip on a pedometer! Prepare to be shocked – many of us think we do more steps then we actually do!

Interesting facts about Japan and pedometers

  • In Japan pedometers are one of the most popular fitness devices with a typical household owning an average of 3.1 pedometers.
  • Japanese call  pedometers ‘Manpo-kei’ meaning 10,000 steps meter
  • The Japanese government set an industrial standard that any pedometer sold in Japan must be accurate within 3% of actual steps taken
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Kate Crosby is a passionate walker and co-founder of Walk with Attitude & Pedometers Australia. When Kate's not out testing new pedometers/activity trackers, she is leading the Walk with Attitude team to create innovative walking challenges for individuals and workplaces. Kate firmly believes walking with a "little Attitude" can change your life.

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