Do we really need 10k steps a day?
Yesterday I had a lot of things to take care of and as the weather was nice, I decided to go on foot. When I got home my Actifit stepcount was showing 10,000 steps. It was a good walk, except for the slush, snow and ice, which makes walking more difficult, energy consuming and dangerous as well as you can slip on ice easily.
So when I got home, came across this article, which is questioning if we really need 10k steps a day.
If you're wondering what 10,000 steps are in kilometres (I'm sure the thought flickered across your mind), it's approximately 8km. And according to one random internet search, 10,000 steps should take you about one hour and forty minutes to complete. Though I'm convinced that the person who posted this is 6 foot 7 and has legs like a stork. source
The article came right after I achieved the mentioned 10k steps and I knew exactly what the writer is talking about, but I had different details regarding the performance. I was able to get 10k steps in two hours, with little stops as I wasn't running a competition with my stepcounter, I had things to take care of and according to my phone, it was not 8km but 6.5km.
Long story short, I don't know if we really need 10k steps, don't even bothers me much. It is doable if you have time and time is the keyword here as it really takes time if you're doing it for the sake of walking and not counting your daily activity. One thing is for sure, it can't hurt.