The value of 10,000 steps

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February 19, 2019 - 9:45 AM

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The number 10,000 is widely known as the “industry standard” for the daily recommended number of steps we need.  What you may not know is that we get that number from the 1960s when early Japanese walking groups created the terms “manpo-kie,” which means “10,000 step meter.”  

Once the benchmark of 10,000 steps was established in the ’60s, various groups began to study the physical effects of that number. They found that this level of physical activity can help lower blood pressure, improve mood, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, and improve glucose tolerance.  

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