Courtney Allan

The 10,000 step rule might be rubbish

The 10,000 step rule might be rubbish

That’s right. The 10,000 step measurement might not be the most accurate way to measure whether or not you’re fit enough.

British journalist and physician Dr Michael Mosley pioneered the 5:2 diet and has backed this claim. The 5:2 diet is where you fast for two days, eating 500-600 calories worth of food and then eat normally for the other five days.

Dr Mosley has been on this diet himself, and medical journals around the world have claimed the health benefits, which include:

  • Weight loss
  • Increased metabolism
  • Reversal of type 2 diabetes (which Dr Mosley was diagnosed with)

Dr Mosley was on Studio 10 to promote his new weight loss program the Fast 800 and it was on the show when he disputed the validity of the 10,000 steps method.

"It's about activity, not about exercise," he exclaimed.

"Finding something you can stick to. It could be dancing or walking up the stairs. And I have to tell you, this 10,000 steps is complete nonsense.”

In order to test this theory, Dr Mosley and a group of researchers from Sheffield Hallam University conducted a study. This involved two groups of volunteers, where one took the recommended 10,000 steps a day and the other group took brisk 1 minute walks per day.

The study found that the 10,000 group struggled to meet their step count goal and were breaking less of a sweat than the other group.

Meanwhile, another expert has come out saying that the 10,000 step method could all be based on a single study. 

Dr Greg Hager explained: “Some of you might wear Fitbits or something equivalent, and I bet every now and then it gives you that cool little message, 'You did 10,000 steps today,'" Dr Hager told the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

"Turns out in 1960 in Japan they figured out that the average Japanese man, when he walked 10,000 steps a day, burned something like 3,000 calories and that is what they thought the average person should consume. So they picked 10,000 steps as a number."

Do you follow the 10,000 steps a rule day and wear a device to track them? Tell us in the comments below.