The World Health Organization recommends that one should walk 10,000 steps a day to stay fit and active.
The 10,000-step rule
It has become the “healthy value” of 10,000 steps per day. But why exactly is this number so significant that all fitness watches, apps, and even the WHO praise this value? Surprisingly, the answer has little to do with health facts and figures. Because behind it is simply a publicity stunt.
In 1964, the Yamasa company capitalized on the hype surrounding the Olympic Games in Japan when they launched the first portable pedometer: the “Manpo-Kei.” It means “the 10,000-step counter.” The manufacturer advertised that this number of steps was healthy and part of a healthy lifestyle.
That’s why we should stick to it anyway
Even though many people probably don’t want to base their physical fitness on an almost 60-year-old advertisement, we can still stick to this guideline. In any case, our bodies and minds will be grateful. After all, especially after a long day at the office, a quiet day at home, or a sedentary day at the home office, it is critical that we are active. A long walk doesn’t hurt, as it clears the head, supplies the body with oxygen, and keeps us fit.
In our everyday lives, we’ve long since become accustomed to the “aids” that get us comfortably from A to B. Days in which our pedometer does not exceed the 1000 mark have long since become normal. We use cars, public transportation, escalators, and elevators without thinking that we can easily take the stairs to the second floor. Yes – even fully packed with groceries. Just think of it as a substitute for weight training at the gym. So you can even include an endurance unit.
How to get 10,000 steps
First of all, every step counts. If it’s not 10,000, that’s not bad, but you’re still getting exercise.
- Use your legs instead of the bus: A little planning skill, and you’re ready to go. If you want to make sure you get enough exercise every day, it’s best to forgo the car or public transportation if the route allows it. This will immediately boost circulation if you’re just on your way to work, a meeting, or running errands. Alternatively, get off one or two stops before your destination or park farther away.
- Make the most of your lunch break: We should make the most of our breaks, especially on a stressful workday. Whether in the office or at home – your head should get some rest during your lunch break. Of course, the best way to do this is to stretch your legs during your break. If that’s too stressful for you, you can also do a few laps around the block after work.
- Take the stairs: How often do we have to decide whether to take the elevator or climb the stairs? Most of the time, we end up with option number one, but it is accompanied by remorse. To prevent this thought, it is best not to think about the comfortable alternative at all, but make it a habit to take a long way and the stairs whenever possible. Even though this may be rather unbearable at first, you will soon get used to it.
- Motivate yourself to go for a walk: Especially in times like these, we don’t have much left to do except outdoor sports, workouts in front of the TV, or walks. The latter is perfect for clearing your head, relaxing, and enjoying your surroundings. If you want to have company while doing so, harness your partner or your friends and family and use this opportunity to maintain your social contacts and remain corona complain. source: miss.at/picture: pixabay.com
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