Fitness trackers are everywhere, and with them, the ubiquitous goal of reaching 10,000 steps a day. But where did this number come from – and is it the ideal number of daily steps for the average person?
The origin of 10,000 steps a day dates to 1965, when a man named Y. Hatano created an early version of the pedometer. It was called the “man-po kei,” which translates to “10,000 steps meter.” From there, the Japanese popularized the goal of 10,000 steps a day, and over time, it became the broadly accepted goal for people who hoped to walk their way to fitness.
Pedometers have come a long way in the last 50 years (just take a look around at people’s wrists!), yet the goal of 10,000 steps a day stubbornly remains. The problem? A step goal that’s too high and never varies isn’t just boring: it’s also a deterrent for the 44% of U.S. adults who are so sedentary that they walk fewer than 5,000 steps per day. This is why Walkadoo was designed to make more steps in reach for everyone.
Walkadoo is a wireless, pedometer-based daily activity program that’s a little bit different each day. Instead of giving you one goal that never changes, Walkadoo’s specialized software adjusts and evolves to your walking patterns and gives you a new, manageable step goal every morning. Each day brings a different number of steps to aim for – one that’s just right for you. You and other members can connect, share, and celebrate your successes on the Walkadoo website. And those who like to compete can even join walking derbies.
The Walkadoo app is free, and there’s no need to buy or connect a separate device when you join, thanks to the in-app step tracker. It’s compatible with the iPhone 5, 5s, and 6 – but unlike so many other activity tracking apps, it won’t drain your phone’s battery. (Already have a fitness tracker? Walkadoo also supports popular devices such as Fitbit, Jawbone, and Misfit.) Get started and take the first step with Walkadoo!