10,000 steps a day has become the daily default among health chatter – just look at every pedometer out there! But the origin of the 10k rule is actually completely random. Back in the 60s, just before the Tokyo Olympic Games of 64’, a Japanese company released a pedometer called Manpo-kei, which translates as follows: ‘Man’ = 10,000, ‘po’ = steps and ‘kei’ = meter. The product was a gamechanger in the fitness market and, as a result, the name stuck.
Is 10k the golden number?
The truth is, there’s no magic rule or formula for a happy and healthy life. We all know the benefits of eating well, getting regular exercise and generally keeping fit and active! 10,000 steps equates to around 90 minutes of moderate activity each day, and it is a goal that lots of people aspire to hit.
Whether you’re aiming for 10k, or simply as many steps as possible, here are some ways to step it up…
Walk the dog
We might be biased, but here at YuMOVE we don’t think there’s a better way to start the day than by walking a pooch. Not only will this help you get your steps in, it’s also a great way to lift your mood and clear your head. 10k translates to 6.2 miles, which may be too much for some dogs in one hit. But even half a mile will contribute towards your 10k daily end goal!
Get your Hinch on!
Ask Mrs Hinch (or any cleaner, for that matter) and they’ll tell you, a good clean can be an intense workout! Hoovering, mopping, polishing – whatever it is, it’ll get you moving!
Walk and talk
Most of us are still working from home for the foreseeable, and while there are lots of positives to the set-up, there’s no denying it means we’re on our feet a whole lot less than we used to be. Consider switching video calls to phone calls, and pace around the block while you talk. It won’t be practical for many conversations, but for the likes of brainstorming and general check-ins, it’s a great way to get up and about.
As for when normal life resumes? Make it a rule to cut your email sends in half, and pop over to someone’s desk to talk business instead.
Take the stairs
An oldie but a goodie. Wherever you are – at the shopping centre, the office, the train station – make sure you take the stairs over the lift or escalator. That is, when we’re allowed to visit these spots again! And while pacing up and down the stairs at home might be a little dull, it’s a good topper-upper if you haven’t hit your magic number towards the end of the day.
Get moving during ad breaks
Quit fast-forwarding when the adverts come on, and instead use this as an opportunity to pace, jog, walk – whatever you fancy. You’d be surprised at how many steps you can pack in – most ad breaks run for an average of three-and-a-half minutes. Of course, how many you clock up will depend on your fitness levels and the effort you put in. But every little helps!
Here at YuMOVE, we’re on a mission to help our customers – both humans and pets – live an active life, for life. If you haven’t already discovered iMOVE, take a look at the benefits here. Got any questions? Get in touch with our friendly Customer Care team via phone, email or post.