According to Catrine Tudor-Locke, director of the Walking Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., taking 10,000 steps isn't really necessary. “I wouldn't discourage people from taking 10,000 daily steps but it’s not a magic or even scientifically-proven number,” Tudor-Locke tells Yahoo Shine. The number originates from the 1960s when Japanese pedometers were marketed under the name "manpo-kei" which translates to "10,000 steps meter." And as fitness trackers took off in the United States, companies adapted the 10,000 steps goal.
A better number and one that aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is anywhere between 7,000 to 8,000 steps. “The CDCRead More »from 5 Health Rules You Can Ignore