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Elderly couple walking through the parc hand in hand
Elderly couple walking through the parc hand in hand

It seems like something of a magic number – so what makes 10,000 steps a good goal for daily activity?

10,000 steps a day is often recommended by health experts as a good level of activity for a healthy adult. It equates to about eight kilometres, or one hour and 40 minutes walking, depending on your stride length and walking speed.

If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry – you don’t have to do all the steps in one walk. You will naturally accumulate steps through your day to day activities, but to reach the 10,000-step goal, you will likely need to do a 30-minute walk (or the equivalent in other exercise) as well.

Why 10,000 steps?

The recommendation of 10,000 steps a day originally came from Japanese researchers in the 1960s. Lead by Dr Yoshiro Hatano, a research team found that the average person took 3,500 to 5,000 steps each day – and that if they increased it to 10,000, they could improve their overall health and fitness. Dr Hatano’s calculations estimated that 10,000 steps could burn around 20% of an individual’s caloric intake. Read On…

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