Why Is 10k Steps All Over The News?

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Why Is 10k Steps All Over The News?

June 6, 2023

Why Is 10k Steps All Over The News?

10,000 steps. It’s canon at this point. That nice, round number should be our goal for the day. But WHY?? Where did this recommendation come from? Is there something magical about 10,000? What does research actually support?

Breaking down the origins of the 10,000 daily step goal has been a hot topic in media lately, in part due to a recent study published by Kosuke Inoue, MD et al in the JAMA Open Network titled Association of Daily Step Patterns With Mortality in US Adults”. In this episode we will WALK THROUGH this study and highlight key points and takeaways.

Other points-of-interest in this episode include:

The likely origins of the 10k-per-day step recommendation

How far is 10,000 steps?

Are there actual measurable health benefits to reaching this daily goal?

Can we achieve health outcomes with less than 10k steps daily?

How can I track my steps? What if I don’t want to buy a fancy health wearable tracker?

Can other forms of exercise be just as good?

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