Breedon Priory Health Club

Forget walking 10,000 steps a day!

The sought after goal of 10,000 steps a day came from a 1960’s marketing campaign in Japan in the run up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. A company created a device that they marketed towards the health conscious members of the population. It was a step meter; an early pedometer, to encourage the Japanese to be more active. The campaign stated that those that followed the advice would burn off approximately an additional 500 calories a day and remain slim.

However, is it still the most effective way to improve our fitness?

Michael Mosley recently conducted a study that compared doing 10,000 steps a day against “Active 10”. Active 10 encourages individuals to do three brisk 10 minute walks a day. What they found was that the 10,000 steps group hit their target but struggled, whereas the Active 10 group hit their targets easily. Not only that, they did 30% more ‘moderate to vigorous physical activity’ than the 10,000 steps group in less time. So three short brisk walks were easier to fit into their daily routine and were actually better for their health.
Surely spending less time doing exercise and getting better results is far better than tracking your steps over the whole day and struggling to reach your target.

 
If you are looking at mixing up your routine and wanting to try more short higher intensity exercises then get in touch with Hannah on 07770929789 or hannahknowlespt@gmail.com to schedule your free PT consultation.