Do you really need to take 10,000 steps a day?
Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30
The concept of 10,000 steps originated in Japan in the run-up to the 1964 Olympics, when a company came up with a device called a manpo-kei, which means '10,000 step meter'.
This quickly became the global figure for fitness. But this is because 10,000, as an even, round-figured number, is catchier than 7,000 or 8,000 steps, which would still qualify you as a 'moderately active' person - 15,000 steps (seven miles) is the minimum you should aim for if you want to lose weight.