I walked 10,000 steps a day for a week instead of going to the gym – here are 3 things I learned

January is usually the time of year when people start getting into healthy exercise, and perhaps adopting an ambitious new exercise regime. But what if burpees, weights, and buckets of sweat aren't absolutely necessary? What if you could get fit just by going for a nice walk every day?

For years, the message has been to get 10,000 steps a day. This is the default goal for most of today's best fitness trackers. The origins of this number are actually surprisingly arbitrary – the initial scheme was launched at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and the Japanese character for 10,000 looks a bit like a person walking, so that's what they went by.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *