Is it the end for the 10,000 steps target?
Walking 10,000 steps has been the measure of how active a person is for a while now, however Google has recently re-designed it’s own fitness app and made the decision to scrap this frequently used target in favour of two new measures of activity which they hope will encourage more people to get more active.
Google decided to make the change following research which showed that many people found the idea of 10,000 steps a day to much of an intimidating goal when trying to be more active. Their research also showed that people stuck to being more active and were more responsive to making small pieces of progress on a regular basis, rather than trying to hit one large goal each day.
The tech giant worked with both the World Health Organisation and the American Heart Association to create two new measures based on scientific research called Move Minutes and Heart Points aimed at encouraging people to move more and more often while aiming to increase heart rate throughout the day.
Rather than counting steps the app now counts your move minutes, with a target number of move minutes each day, now every activity where you are moving counts towards you hitting your move minutes daily target.
Activities that get your heart pumping harder have tremendous health benefits for your heart and mind. But not all activities are the same though, that’s why the harder you work the more heart points you earn, you earn one point each minute for moderate activity like walking a little faster when walking the dog and double points when you’re working out a bit harder like in a fitness class.
Does this mean you should also not bother aiming to cover 10’000 steps each day? Probably not if it’s all ready working for you, what is more important than the target you aim for is to simply move more and sit less and find something you enjoy doing.