If you buy a fitness tracker, chances are the device will encourage you to take 10,000 steps a day. But do you really have to walk this much every day?

Not necessarily since there is no science behind the 10K. The magic number is an arbitrary one that originated as an advertising campaign decades ago in Japan. Pedometers sold in Japan in the 1960s were marketed under the name „manpo-kei,“ which translates to „10,000 steps meter”. The idea resonated with people and that’s how the number gained popularity.

10K steps equals around 5 miles, which can be a large number if you have sedentary job. Don’t get encouraged if you can’t do it. Start with where you’re at and then find ways to challenge yourself to increase your daily step goals; like taking the stairs or parking the car further away. A good guideline to aim for is 6K-8K steps a day.

The more you move the better, but not reaching unrealistic targets doesn’t mean you should give up on it. Enjoy the journey of good health and make it work your way. Every day!