10,000 steps seems a lot. It’s a lot when you get in your car outside your house and step out of your car outside the office.
However, health experts have said for some time now, that 10,000 steps is what people should be doing in a day. It equates roughly to 5 miles day.
I was driving to work, yes I know, the irony, and on the radio they were talking about how actually 10,000 steps a day isn’t relevant for everyone. A scientist in the US has said that 10,000 steps is meaningless and it could do more harm than good. Here’s the story on BBC website.
The story said “Turns out in 1960 in Japan they figured out that the average Japanese man, when he walked 10,000 steps a day, burned something like 3,000 calories and that is what they thought the average person should consume. So they picked 10,000 steps as a number.”
“Imagine everyone thinks they have to do 10,000 steps but if you are not actually physically capable of doing that, you could actually cause harm or damage by doing so.”
So what’s my fascination with 10,000 steps? Well, a month ago I embarked on a health kick. A change in mindset and a change in routine. For health reasons: my family has a history of heart conditions on both side; I’m overweight and I recognise I feel much better when I do exercise.
I’m lucky that I have a dog and have a reason for long walks and enjoy spending time out with Eddie. my routine is now to go to a park near the office on my way to work, do a short walk around. I then also take him out at lunch, a nice walk around the cricket grounds cross from my office and now I make a point of leaving the office fairly sharp, around 5.30pm, to take Eddie to the park on the way home, for a big walk.
I’m averaging about 7,000 steps a day and according to my health plan, I’m doing well. I’ve lost weight, I’ve lost inches and I feel much more spritely!
So whilst 10,000 steps isn’t what I’m achieving, the walks and fresh air are helping a great deal. I’m not a runner, in fact, it’s the ONLY sport at school I wasn’t good at or involved with.
I’ve realised now that it’s not a diet I need, it’s a lifestyle change forever. It’s a mental change and I need think of it longer term. I’m not fortunate enough to have a great metabolism and my job involves being at my desk a fair bit of the time. I need to make the effort to get off my butt and do it for myself.
I’ve got a few years left until I’m forty, thank goodness, which means I have time to get myself in shape and I can possibly reverse bad habits in enough time to enjoy a midlife crisis LOL.
Before now, any efforts before were about losing weight. Now it’s a healthier lifestyle I need for longer term benefits. I lost about two stone for my wedding and promptly put it all back on. That’s the risk you run when it’s only for weight loss.
My app on my phone is tracking my activity, eating etc and I’m using that to help my new routine. I just need to keep motivated and when I start recognising the benefits physically too, I know I’ll want to keep going.
Here are some pics of my dog walks with Eddie…