There Is No Known Science Behind 10,000 Steps Per Day

Samuel Reason - September 14th, 2019

The wisdom behind living a healthy life normally comes with much research and scientific fact, such as drinking eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated. These sorts of sayings are logically and have common sense: get eight hours of sleep per night. And the world-famous breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Diet and health specialists have figured out on average you need two thousand calories per day. Even people who do not see a doctor often will know this information and advice on how to live healthily. If you follow all the rules, then you should be healthy for the rest of your life. There is, of course, the other golden rule, around being active. Gym companies and fitness trackers have long shouted that you need to make 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy and in shape. But does this saying have any science behind it?

Well, the answer is not at all! In the past decade, we have seen smartphone apps and wearable fitness trackers are sold nearly worldwide to benchmark this saying of 10,000 steps a day. However, this apparent fitness norm has no science behind it. When it comes down to the black and white facts, no one really knows where it comes from despite it becoming the default goal.

As it turns out with a little research, we can find it was a marketing strategy and never had any healthy science behind it. In 1965, a Japanese company was selling their pedometers and they gave it a Japanese name that translates into the 10,000 step meter.

The only reason behind this was because the Japanese character for 10,000 looks like a sort of man walking. There are actually not really any healthy merits of that number that have been validated and confirmed by any research. However, there has been real scientific research that suggests making over 4,400 steps a day does significantly lower mortality rates.

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