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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Which Came First, the Pedometer or the 10,000 Steps Program?

Like sushi, Sumo, and Hello Kitty, the idea of walking 10,000 steps per day is “made in Japan.” It originated with Japanese researchers, most notably a Dr. Yoshiro Hatano, who wanted to determine the calorie burn resulting from brisk walking. He then wanted to take that research and try to stem the rising tide of obesity in his country.

Dr. Hatano's research determined the average person took 3,500 to 5,000 steps per day, and that increasing that count to 10,000 steps per day would result in better health and lower weight. Combine sophisticated research with the penchant for Japanese technology, and the pedometer is born.

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