My 2017 Avg so far is 10,378 steps a day.
And after walking to work in the morning, and then goofing around downtown with Johnny Rotten after work, and then walking to the library, and then walking up the hill into the drag…I’m at 11,700 steps today.
But…and we already knew this…the 10,000-steps goal doesn’t translate from its early 1960s Japanese origins to Donald Trump America today.
A new study from the U.K., comparing the metabolic profiles of mail carriers and postal office workers at a Glasgow post office, found that the goal should be more like 15,000 steps per day.
The New York Times has a story on it:
“Should 15,000 Steps a Day Be Our New Exercise Target?”
They turned to postal workers in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Glaswegian mail carriers generally cover their routes on foot, not by driving, and spend many hours each day walking, the scientists knew. But the mail service’s office workers, like office workers almost everywhere, remain seated at their desks during the bulk of the workday.
This sharp contrast between the extent to which the workers move or sit during the day could provide new insights into the links between activity and health, the scientists felt.
15,000 steps is about 7 miles. It’s good news that I’m using a standing desk at work.
*I ended up at 14,533 steps today.