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Do We Need 10K Steps A Day? Shocking Origin Of Daily Goal

At a glance

  • Anyone who has a fitness tracker knows 10,000 steps per day is touted as the pinnacle of health.
  • That magical number of steps has been linked to a wide variety of health benefits, such as weight loss and lowered risks of cancer, dementia and heart disease. Walking 10,000 steps has even become a trend on TikTok, thanks to an exercise routine called the Hot Girl Walk.
  • But where did this number come from? The true origin may surprise you.
  • Hint: it doesn’t come from research or science.

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