It turns out that “Walking 10,000 Steps per Day” was actually part of a marketing plan in Japan back in the 1960’s.
According to this new report from Michael Mosley, the idea was born from Dr Hatano, a concerned Japanese scientist, who was worried that the Japanese were falling into a slothful American lifestyle.
More specifically, the marketing was designed to support a new device called the Manpo-Kei. Literally translated into “10,000 steps meter” (in english).
Michael’s research into this matter, took him to Sheffield Hallam University where he where he found Prof Rob Copeland. Rob and Michael conducted a short study testing the 10,000 steps against another option called “Active 10”.
In the latter, Active 10, participants simply make three 10 minute brisk walks each day. It turns out this was much more beneficial than attaining the random 10,000 steps figure.
If you’re interested in replacing your 10,000 steps with 10 minutes, check out the full program here.