Well, I am running woefully late on today’s post. Actually, I am not running anywhere!! My feet are killing me. I went downtonw with my son, Jordan, yesterday and we walked for miles. Literally, too many miles and, apparently, these feet were not made for walkin’!! Oy vey….can I really be this old? I’m not sure but I do know that I have been hurting all night, but….I did log 9,000 steps on my Fitbit. For some, 9,000 is the norm. I get that. For me, though, 9,000 not only surpasses my goal for each day but is also a new high for me. (If you recall, I have only had/become victim to my Fitbit since April.) In fact, last night I was informed by my very friendly wrist assistant that I had obtained a badge. A helicopter badge. Huh? Hooray for me, I suppose. Honestly, I was a bit more excited about all those steps – oh but is the price to pay for every such “victory”??
All of this preoccupation with steps has me both amused and thinking. I think most of us step-counters either use 10,000 steps as the magical number or, at the very least, have heard that number mentioned as the ultimate daily goal. Obviously, each of us has unique situations but, who decided 10,000 was the best goal for the general public? Where did 10,000 steps come from? Well, let me answer my own question straight from the trusty internet. It is leftover from a marketing campaign. A campaign from the 1960s!!
“However, thinking that 10,000 steps is healthy is not entirely true. It is a myth that originates from an advertising campaign that took place in 1964, after the Tokyo Olympics. It was in this country, Japan, where the first pedometers or step counters were developed. A company called Yamasa Tokei created Manpo-kei, one of the most successful commercial pedometers. In its advertising campaign, the figure of 10,000 daily steps was indicated. Its launch and publicity was so popular that this figure remained in the collective imagination.” (bold print original to article)
I just find it interesting the things that we assume and/or blindly follow as being the best for us simply because – Because it is popular opinion. Because it has been done that way for years or even decades. Because science, our best friend, a doctor, or (well) you fill in the blank told us it is the best for us. But is it? Honestly, I am not on a rant, although I could easily start one. I am, however, mentally reviewing some of the things I accept and even do, but am not exactly sure why I do them…or do them in a particular way. I’m curious what habits or particular way of doing things would fall into that category for you?
Whether you walk 600 or 6000 steps today and whether you track them or not, I hope you have a great day. Take this little intro to a discussion as just that – just some food for thought and completely light-hearted! Happy Hump Day, friends!!