Do I Need 10,000 Steps a Day?

Updated: Sep 18

“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction.” Isaac Newton - Law Number 1


 

Picture a man or woman sitting on the couch watching Netflix, unconsciously snacking on chips, popcorn and drinking soda pop. Going to the kitchen every 30 minutes between commercial breaks or breaks in episodes to add salt, butter or get refills. Now imagine that same person wondering to themselves, “Why am I 50lbs. overweight ?”. Well I am going to tell you why.

Remember, if you give nothing then you get nothing in return. If you give something you will receive something in return. As our person above sits on the couch giving the body empty calories, they are getting nothing of benefit in return from such nothing calories.


Let us take a look at the reversal. That same person has decided to make a change, and in that same block of time that was once reserved for snacks and shows is now reserved for reading books, and the table at their side is a combination of carrots for Vitamin C, Iron, and Potassium. Matcha Tea for Zinc and Vitamin K. And water to stay hydrated. This person is snacking on these things, not because they have gotten lucky. They have chosen these snacks for the benefits necessary to fuel the body. That is conscious eating.


Now our person is consciously eating everyday, fueling the body with what it needs. What the body needs and what the body wants are two entirely different things. Your body does not care about what you want. It only cares about what it needs. The sooner you wrap your head around that concept will be the day you change.


This person has now given their body a steady dose of premium fuel. Guess what ? Now that body will want and need to move naturally, without them even thinking about it. Why ? We now have fuel to burn, oxygen in the tank and energy for our brain. So much so we do not know what to do with it just yet. You don't necessarily have to commit to a personal trainer but here's an idea - start with steps. How many to start ? 2000 ? Yes that is perfect! Why is 2,000 perfect ? Because it is 2,000 more than you were taking before. See! Now we have come to it.


lWhy 10,000 ? To be honest it sounds nice. It is a number that is popular right now and it easily rolls off of the tongue. That 50lbs you gained over a 10 year period of unconsciously eating nothing, can be lost in less than a year if you truly commit. All you have to do is fuel your body and get up! Get moving! Whether it be steps, weight lifting, cardio, swimming, yoga, pilates, etc. It all works if you work it. 10,000 is and always has been a metaphor to move.


Lastly, “10,000 Hours” is no metaphor. Do not get that confused. This blog post is in reference to the “10,000 Steps” ideology.


“Your life is a reflection of how effectively you balance potential and kinetic energy.”

- Steve Maraboli


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