10,000 Steps Vs. 3 10-Minute Walks Per Day: Which Is Better for You? by Mei Marcie

5 years ago

10,000 Steps Vs. 3 10-Minute Walks Per Day: Which Is Better for You?

In a recent documentary on BBC One called “The Truth About Getting Fit,” medical journalist Michael Mosley teamed up with Professor Rob Copeland from Sheffield Hallam University to investigate the supposed benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day. First of all, it was found that the notion of 10K steps a day started in Japan, around the time of 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Dr. Yoshiro Hatano created the Manpo-Kei (10,000 pedometer) to encourage Japanese people to increase their activity. 

Wondering if 10K steps remains beneficial, the study pit it against the Active 10, which is a campaign backed by Public Health England to do three speedy 10-minute walks a day (which worked out to be about 1.5 miles and 3,000 steps). It was found that the Active 10 group performed 30 percent more “moderate to vigorous physical activity” than the 10,000-step group, despite a lower overall steps and "movement" time. Active 10 could be better for us because:

  • Moderate to intense activity is better than low activity – it can get the heart rate moving faster. 
  • Participants reported it's much easier to do three 10 minutes per day, thus increasing the chance of following through consistently.

Start on your three 10 minutes today!

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Donna John
This is so interesting Mei Marcie . I think 10,000 steps can overwhelm people, so agree that three shorter walks would be more manageable. I'm going to have to watch that documentary.
Elisa Schmitz
Fascinating, Mei Marcie ! I still do the 10K a day as my goal, but I have to say, I like the idea of three burst of 10 minutes. Thank you for sharing this! Dieter Schmitz
Kristan Wager
I have been looking at the 'Fit in 10' which makes 10 minute blocks of everything. I like it!
Mei Marcie
Thanks Donna John Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds Kristan Wager :) Yes, I think mentally it's a lot to do 10 minutes than clock 10k steps, the 10k is easy if you go running but otherwise, not so easy!
Nicole DeAvilla
I like this - unless I go on hike, I naturally prefer short bursts of activity.
Marge Carter
Thanks for the information. yes, 10,000 steps can be challenging. Now that you mentioned it I will start the 10-minute walking.

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