Why 10 000 steps? Where did that number come from? We’ll tell you why, and how to get each step under the belt every day.
The recommended 10 000 steps a day originated in Japan in the early 1960s, where scientists began to notice that people who walked more, were healthier. Ten thousand steps is the same as about 8km of walking. Unless you’re studying sport or have a very active lecture schedule, it would be difficult to log up 10,000 steps just by sitting at your desk. Most people achieve it by adding an extra 30 minutes of extra walking each day. And guess what, moving for an extra 30 minutes a day is exactly what is recommended to improve your overall health!
Don’t forget that you don’t need to do all 30 minutes all at once, you can break it up into smaller bouts throughout the day. Here are some good ideas of how to include more steps into your day:
- Walk and talk: whether you’re on your phone or catching up with your BFF, take to the street and multitask
- Hide the remote so you have to actually get up to change the channel. Better yet, turn off the TV
- Always take the stairs. Tell yourself you’re allergic to lifts and act accordingly
- At the shops, walk the distance of the shopping centre (check out the sales while you’re at it), or do an extra lap around the shop before paying
- Fidget more. If you have a long day of studying ahead, keep energized and active by fidgeting and getting up regularly to stretch your legs.
- If you have to stay at your desk for the day, set an alarm to take a walk break every 20 or 45 minutes. It will keep you healthy, AND energise your brain. Win- win!