Have you ever wondered whether you’re looking after yourself properly, getting in all the exercise you should and eating well? I bet you have. Health is one of the topics that concerns us most.
Luckily, it’s easy to look after yourself these days. In addition to the dozens and dozens of gyms populating our cities, the wealth of sports activities and the exorbitant amount of nutritional information we can find online, there are also a number of maxims guiding or inspiring us to take more and better care of ourselves. Such is the case, for example, of the 10,000 steps theory, a practice that challenges us to walk 10,000 steps, or to put it another way, around 6 km, a day.
But where does the figure come from? Many people consider the party responsible for us trying to reach those 10,000 steps is Yoshiro Hatano, a Japanese researcher who decided in the 1960s to analyse the impact of this number. Why? Because at the time there was a successful pedometer on sale called the manpo-kei, which translates literally as “the 10,000 steps meter”. The device was sold particularly in hikers’ clubs across Tokyo. Indeed, you may well have heard of other, more modern devices with exactly the same function.
Hatano discovered through his studies that the normal population did an average of just over 5,000 steps a day and that increasing this figure by 4,000 to 6,000 steps meant they would burn around 300 calories more than usual. That would have important cardiovascular benefits.
The truth is there is no conclusive scientific proof behind the theory. But one thing is clear: if you want to take care of your health, get moving. We never tire of repeating it on the MartiDerm blog. The benefits of physical exercise aren’t just physical. As the ancient Romans said, mens sana in corpore sano.