Step Counters Carve Their Own Way To Wellness

There’s a wellness craze going on and it has nothing to do with medical research. The 10,000 steps A day road to wellness started in 1965. A Japanese professor of health science thought if people walked at least 10,000 steps a day they wouldn’t suffer the traumas of obesity. The professor invented to keep track of the steps. He called his brainchild Manpo-kei which means 10,000 steps in Japanese.

The professor developed marketing campaigns and slogans to push his new product and his discovery that 10,000 steps-a-day would keep people from getting fat. His concept made sense and more than 50 years after the professor invented the pedometer they are everywhere. Smartphone pedometers are great for people who believe 10,000 steps a day will keep their wellness meter on the positive side.

The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity published an article that confirms what the old Japanese professor believed. That number of steps is a great target for adults who have a wellness plan in place. But most people walk 10,000 steps to live their lives. The rate of energy burn for those people stays the same every day. That may mean they don’t lose much weight. But it may mean their body consciousness is in change mode, but those changes take time to notice.

When people crank up their walking to 15,000 or more steps a day, their energy burn increases and that energy puts the body into reshaping mode, according to some nutritionists. Fat cells change or they make room for a new muscle cell. Body organs feel the increased energy from their cells and they function age appropriately.

But according to some physicians counting steps may not be a good idea. Those physicals say if people can’t hit their daily step goal, they feel defeated and might quit walking. But most wellness experts say any amount of steps will lower blood pressure, send more oxygen to lungs, and increase blood flow throughout the body. In other words, our body consciousness responds to any kind of exercise.

Walking 10,000 steps may be hard for some baby boomers. But if they start slow, and work up to a number that works for their daily schedule, they will start to feel internal changes, according to a Washington Post article. But some baby boomers still think walking 10,000 steps a day is their daily American Ninja Warrior moment every day.


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