You might be taking your daily step goal too seriously.
Many people aim to walk 10,000 steps a day to stay active.
But is that number backed by science?
According to a study published in the journal Springer, the term “ten thousand steps” can be traced back to a Japanese step-counting device from the 1960s.
The product’s name roughly translates to “ten thousand step meter” in English.
This slogan has developed into a popular trend that has taken the health industry by storm.
However, fitness experts say this fitness goal has been blown out of proportion.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends adults get 150 minutes of moderate to intense exercise per week.
This translates to about 7,500 steps of walking per day.
If you get additional exercises such as cycling, running or weightlifting, you can lower your walking goal to about 6,000 steps.
The bottom line is that every person’s fitness plan is different depending on their lifestyle.
Experts say you should set a realistic goal that is actually achievable, rather than rely on viral health trends.