10,000 steps: Magic number or marketing ruse?

Ms Jesling Ang, 42, believes in the 10,000 steps mantra. Since joining the Health Promotion Board's National Steps Challenge in 2015, she has continued monitoring her daily step count with a pedometer.
Ms Jesling Ang, 42, believes in the 10,000 steps mantra. Since joining the Health Promotion Board's National Steps Challenge in 2015, she has continued monitoring her daily step count with a pedometer.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Experts remain divided on this oft-touted health mantra, but they agree it's a good way to get people moving

People all over the world have heard - and some may even swear by it - that taking 10,000 steps a day paves the way to good health.

But is 10,000 steps really the magic number for fitness, or just a gimmick to sell pedometers?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2018, with the headline '10,000 steps: Magic number or marketing ruse?'. Print Edition | Subscribe