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How Many Steps Should I Take In A Day?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A new trend among fitness and technology enthusiastic alike, is tracking how many steps you take in a day. With technology making new changes and advancements on a daily, our smartphones and more popularly watches give us a good idea of what we should be doing. From tracking steps, to letting us know when it's time to get up and move- this may be the best way to not only track your steps but to help keep yourself in line with your health and fitness goals.

The number that most people are aiming for - is 10,000 steps on any given day. You have to wonder, where did this number come from? And is this truly the number of steps we should be taking in a day?

Well to answer the first question, the idea of 10,000 steps in a day was developed by a Japanese pedometer company in the 1960s. The number wasn't based on research, but on the fact that it sounded good. It really came about as a sales gimmick that became popular among walking groups and became a worldwide phenomenon. After being established, researchers decided to do some digging and realized that this just might be a good indicator of if you're moving in a day. The number is now widely used in activity monitors and pedometer apps as a standard goal.

While it may not be scientifically proved as the correct amount of steps you should take in a day, it's definitely somewhere to start. Using your device of choice as a guide to meet your daily step requirements is a great way to become more active. It's also a great way to keep you motivated. There's a little device either on your wrist or in your pocket that keeps reminding you to get up and move! This is helpful for persons with sedentary jobs and can help with moving around the office a bit more.


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