I’ve been taking part in the Global Corporate Challenge for the last three years, slogging away at achieving more than 10,000 steps per day1. To read that it’s all a bit pointless is disheartening to say the least.
Geoffrey A. Fowler, for the Wall Street Journal:
What’s so bad about the old 10,000 step rule? Anything that gets sedentary people moving is a good thing, doctors say. The 10,000 figure originated with a 1960s Japanese step-counter marketing campaign, a time and place that may not have much relevance to 2016 bodies hunched over computers with a bag of Cheetos.
Step counters ignore the imperative to raise your heart rate, which the American Heart Association says is key to stemming our No. 1 killer, heart disease. Regular walking isn’t very strenuous, unless you go uphill. And basic step counters also don’t give you hard-earned credit for benching 150 pounds or completing a spin class.
This is a much harder task in a tropical climate. ↩︎