Episode 32: 10,000 Steps
For a long time already, counting daily steps has been quite a thing. There is a sense of fulfillment after reaching that 10,000-step goal you set and seeing all those burned calories on your pedometer. But is there any scientific basis behind why this 10,000-step goal gained so much popularity over the years when it is just like all other activities such as walking, jogging, and running? Does it really produce amazing results in a short period of time? In today’s episode, I will be discussing further what this 10000 steps goal really does to our body and why it is deemed effective by many who have tried it.
Listen to this episode and learn more about:
- Where the step counting phenomenon originated from and its benefits to your body
- Different studies were done on the use of pedometers
- Systematic reviews on the effect of step counting on your physical activity
- How counting steps reduce the risk of other chronic diseases
- Why so many people find the 10,000-step goal effective and sustainable
- Studies that researched the effect of step counting on hospitalization and the long and short-term effects of step counting
- Factors that may be considered before setting the 10,000-step goal
- The recommended length of time you should be performing any physical activity
Reasons as to why the Concept of 10,000 Steps may be Widely Practiced:
- It is easy to comprehend.
- It is easy to measure.
- It sounds reasonable.
- It gives you a clear target to achieve.
“Any amount of physical activity is better than none.”
“Physical activity, regardless of whether it is exercise or not, is beneficial.”
“Just like any goal, start small and build upon it.”
“Ten thousand steps should not be the final destination in your journey to health, but your first few steps.”
To also help you get started and reach your target seamlessly, I have created a cheat sheet that you can download here.
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5. Effect of pedometer-based walking interventions on long-term health outcomes: Prospective 4-year follow-up of two randomised controlled trials using routine primary care data
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6. Patterns of adult stepping cadence in the 2005-2006 NHANES