We have heard it everywhere for a few years, so much so that many of us have understood that our daily goal must definitely be to take 10,000 steps a day. Concern? It is not only that this goal is high and can be difficult to achieve when you spend your day in the office or teleworking and have a sedentary job that clearly has something that deters more than one. But other than that, it would be a sheer received idea!
According to several recent studies, no, we do not necessarily have to take 10,000 steps a day to be healthy. And here’s a news story that should make more than one feel guilty!
Do you need to take 10,000 steps a day to be active enough?
Practice regular physical activity, move more, take breaks to take a few steps, walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, stay a little further away or get off a bus stop earlier to walk more … all options are to move more is a good idea, especially if you have a fairly sedentary job and lifestyle, and think one of them 95% of adults in France who do not have sufficient physical activity.
If you’re afraid of not moving enough and you intentionally use a connected watch or app on your smartphone to count your steps, be careful not to set yourself a goal that is too high, which can deter you. Setting yourself an unattainable goal would actually be the best way to give up after just a few days and eventually not move at all, on the contrary, as this state of mind would be counterproductive.
Seeing that you failed to reach the 10,000-step goal can tell you that you are not ready for it, that you are not doing your health well despite your best efforts, and that you are not doing the right thing. Gradually, this can undermine your morale and motivation and discourage you from continuing.
But every effort counts: every time you move, even for a few minutes, it always gets taken, and it is this accumulation of small active moments that ends up making you spend a more active day than usual.
Why 10,000 steps a day is a misconception
So much the more reason to feel guilty if you do not reach your goals: Taking 10,000 steps a day is not mandatory for being in good health. A US study conducted by researchers from The University of Massachusetts on the health effects of walking with thousands of people on every continent found that walking about 8,000 steps every day would achieve exactly the same health outcomes as walking 10,000 steps.
According to the authors of the study, the recommendation of 10,000 steps a day is really just a simple marketing argument that was originally launched by a Japanese brand to sell their pedometer, and therefore has no scientific reality, as these data do not take into account the condition of the natural person. or his age and is therefore absolutely not personalized according to his profile.
Researchers estimate that young adults should ideally walk between 8,000 and 10,000 steps every day to reduce the risk of premature death, while people aged 60 and over can generally be content to walk 6,000 to 8,000 steps a day, as longer time would not increase. Life expectancy.
And good news, if you do not like running and you like to take your time: you do not have to go fast to enjoy all the benefits of gentle physical activity, just be active and move more, especially if we usually have very little daily physical activity.
So try not to stress yourself because you have not taken enough steps: moving more is always a good idea and will always be good for your health. On the other hand, do not feel guilty if you have not reached your step goal in a few days, especially if it is very high, you are tired, sick or just have not had time for the Sport.
Remember to make all the simple moments of everyday life more active, for example by moving in front of your TV when watching a series, by making some movements when chatting with your children or by taking regular breaks in the office to take a walk. It is all these movements and activity moments, which together allow you to spend more active days, and which will help you move more without feeling guilty or every day having the impression that you never reach your goals.
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