For many, walking at least 10,000 steps a day is part of a healthy lifestyle. But how much exercise does the body need every day?
Ten thousand steps are not only the personal goal of many people. Even pedometers often have this number preset as the optimal value. But are so many steps necessary?
At least 10,000 steps daily
The assumption that the body should take at least 10,000 steps a day is not based on any scientific study but on a marketing stunt from 1964 when the company Yamasa took advantage of the hype surrounding the Olympic Games in Japan and launched the first portable pedometer, the “Manpo-kei.”
The “10,000-step counter”
The name translates roughly as “the 10,000-step counter.” The marketing idea worked, and the new gadget sold many times over. The advertising bluff quickly established itself as a universal recommendation. Today, the 10,000-step goal is questioned by medical experts. The exact number of steps varies from person to person.
This is how much exercise the WHO recommends per week
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults aged 18 to 64 get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate physical activity or at least 75 to 150 minutes of intense physical activity per week.
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