Why 10,000 Steps? Here's Where This Daily Fitness Goal Comes From—and Whether It's Worth Following
At some point or another, you've probably been invited to participate in a "steps challenge" with your colleagues, family, or circle of friends. The idea is simple: Keep moving your feet until you hit 10,000 steps. For some people, this is an easy feat—a goal they hit without trying because they have a job or daily schedule that keeps them walking around. For many others, particularly those glued to their computers (for work or play), it's a physical activity goal that requires more attention and intention.
While we generally know that remaining active is the key to a long, healthy life, have you ever wondered why the magic daily number is 10,000 steps—and where that particular marker comes from? And does it matter if you get slightly less or a little bit more? Here's what the experts and research have to say about it—and why this number is thought to be so crucial for physical and mental health in the short- and long-term.
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