I enjoy watching Michael Mosley health programmes on TV, and a recent one was The Truth About Getting Fit.
It’s interesting as their findings tied in with my thoughts, that aiming for 10,000 steps a day is not the best way to get fit.
My take is
- You focus on quantity of steps, not quality, and can clock up 5000 steps walking around the shops. It’s the quality that is important.
- It doesn’t take account of the speed of walking, and a stroll down the country lane is not the same as a power walk. You need to step it out.
- You may prioritise walking to other activity such as weights at the gym where you don’t increase the step count. Strength training is important.
My fitness tracker is now in the drawer.