You’ve heard about a goal of 10K steps a day. It’s the magic number for maintaining a healthy body, right? Then, why is it so hard to hit that target every day? Even people who are active every hour often struggle to hit 10K steps a day.
Science has solved this riddle! A 2019 study published JAMA Internal Medicine found that 10K steps has nothing to do with added health benefits. Instead, this number was manufactured by a pedometer marketing campaign in Japan decades ago. According to the research, only 4400 steps on average can create health benefits. Any steps past 7500 don’t add up to any extra health benefits beyond a few extra calories burned.
This, my friends, is good news. It’s not uncommon for people to set a grand goal. Then, when they fall short of meeting the goal, they give up on the habit altogether. Getting 10K steps a day is a challenge. Meeting the 7500 mark is much more achievable.
Science tells us that small, achievable goals are more likely to change habits. How can you get more steps in your day?
Have you been hitting your walk goals lately? Congrats! You might want to retake the exercise assessment to see if your score is higher.