10K vs. 15K Steps? Does It Matter?
Here’s an interesting morning read about mail carriers in Glasgow, Scotland and heart health. Those who deliver the mail are far more heart healthy than their counter parts working a desk job. Why? Glaswegian mail carriers deliver the mail by foot! While The New York Times article is focused on whether we should target 15,000 steps a day vs. the current 10,000 step recommendation, I think they are missing another piece: strength.
If the Scots deliver the mail on foot, that means they are also doing a lot of weight training too. A mail bag loaded with bills, letters, flyers and Amazon boxes adds up in pounds/kilograms.
Yes walking is good for you. However, if most Americans can’t even get 10,000 steps in a day, what’s the point of upping the number of 15,000. Also the mail carriers in Scotland deliver by foot. That means they walk for nearly 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and get paid to do so. In the US, somewhere around 100 million employees are sitting at a desk.
Does your manager encourage you to get in a chunk of your 10,000 steps while you’re on the clock?
I’m curious if the study actually looked at their diet. If you had to walk every day for your paycheck wouldn’t you eat better too? Again walking is healthy, but you can’t out walk a bad diet.