Straight and Curly Episode 22: 10,000 steps


10,000 steps is a real buzzword at the moment, popularised by gadgets such as the Jawbone and Fitbit.

  • Where did that number even come from?
  • What benefits can be derived from walking 10,000 steps a day?
  • How hard is it to get to 10,000 steps in a day?

That’s what we discuss in this episode while also offering some practical tips for getting your steps up to that magical 10,000 mark and beyond.

We also touch on the important distinction between doing this kind of thing for weight loss as opposed to doing it for your future self. Personally – I think looking after the elderly version of ourselves and ensuring that person retains their mobility late into life is the single most important reason for doing things like 10,000 steps.

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Comments 3

  1. I listened to both podcasts while getting my 10,000 steps in, and I was not disappointed. I have an Up Move by Jawbone, which cost $50, I think. I keep it clipped to the waistband of my undies, so every step and even my sleep get recorded.

    There are also free apps that just require you to have your phone on your person to record the steps, and you can also record workouts specifically (walking vs. weights, etc.) if any of your readers want to get started for zero dollars.

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      Ooh that’s good to know about the Up Move. I’ve been thinking about what to replace my now dead FitBit with!

  2. I haven’t had a chance to listen to this podcast yet (too obsessed with Let it Be) but I just wanted to say how much I love and appreciate your blog and podcasts. They’ve had such a calming effect on my mind and day to day life, I feel so much more at peace with myself.

    I have a Fitbit Charge HR, before that I had the normal Charge and am a very happy addict! I love getting in my 10,000! I’ve found its made me more aware of the walking I do and now dedicate time to enjoy walking rather than treating it as just a necessity.

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