One of the more popular uses of these
devices is the built-in pedometer and the ability to count your steps,
particularly in pursuit of the elusive 10,000 number.
But why is this specific amount so heavily
sought after? We explore the benefits of hitting 10,000 steps every day and
suggest a plan that can get you to that mark.
The Benefits of Getting 10,000 Steps Every day
The recommendation of achieving 10,000 steps
every day has come from Japanese researchers in the 1960s, with a team led by
Dr Yoshiro Hatano. Dr
Hatano and his team found out that the average person takes between 3,500 and 5,000 steps on a daily
basis, and if that number jumped to 10,000 you could burn around 20 per cent of
your daily calorie intake.
Today, health organisations such as the US Department
of Health and Human Services and Australia’s own National Heart Foundation all
recommend achieving 10,000 daily steps to increase your overall health. It also
Studies have shown that each 1,000 step increase per day has reduced the risk of premature
death by 6 per cent, with those achieving 10,000 steps to have a significant 46
per cent lower chance of untimely death.
How to Achieve 10,000 Steps Every Day
it might seem like a large number, 10,000 steps on a daily basis can be
achievable. To help you reach that 10K peak, we’ve broken down some ways to get
your pedometer working overtime at work, home and when you’re out.
1. While You're at Work
While you might be stuck to your desk for a
large part of your day, you’d be surprised at how many opportunities you have
to rack up your steps at work.
up and get moving regularly from your desk – grab a drink of water, go to
the bathroom, stretch in your break room
the stairs instead of the lift
off one or two stops early from your public transport route and get some
extra steps in. Or, park further away from work for the same benefit
of being cooped up in a meeting room, take a walking meeting with your co-workers.
Whilst You’re at Home
Hard as it might be to realise, your home
actually gives you plenty of chances to keep your pedometer ticking over for
10,000 daily steps. Some of these might be:
- Getting up in between episodes of The Crown on Netflix and stretching your legs
your washing out to the line in smaller trips
out of a smaller bottle of water and going to re-fill it
your shopping bags into the house one-by-one
as much as possible during your chores and phone calls.
Whilst You’re Out
Now this is where you can really make some
headway on your 10,000 step daily goal. While you’re out of the house, there
are countless opportunities to boost your step count, such as:
your kids to school or the bus stop/train station
all lifts and escalators at shopping centres
coffee catchups to be over a walk around the river, rather than at a café
and find some hills to conquer, or a longer scenic walking route.
Another way you can boost your step count is
jumping into a gym and getting a great cardio workout in. Each Virgin Active gym has an array of cardio machines, with treadmills a popular spot for Fitbit
and Garmin users keen to get their 10,000 steps.
Get in contact with our friendly Virgin Active team about organising a free tour of one of our clubs and see how we can help you step up to the 10K challenge.