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10,000 Steps A Day — Is It Practical or Necessary?

The Japanese call it “Manpo-kei” — literally, 10,000 steps meter.

Since the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, when all of Japan was rigidly focused on fitness, both individual and collective, there has been a pervasive theory among fitness gurus that 10,000 steps is necessary as a base line to maintain proper health. Any exercise beyond 10,000 steps is simply extra.

10,000 steps, by the way, is about 5 miles.

Caveman Skills Just as Relevant Now as Then

The more we’ve moved humanity indoors, automated our skills away, and gotten our experience of the world filtered and sent to us through screens…

The more we’ve lost touch with some of the vital skills cavemen and prehistoric men learned in order to survive.

We’re only able to tell an automated device to play a song by a famous dead artist, or microwave a burrito, or fly to a different time zone on a moment’s notice, because our ancestors developed the essential skills that were necessary to beat the odds and survive.

Dr. Pedram Shojai

NY Times Best Selling author and film maker. Taoist Abbot and Qigong master. Husband and dad. I’m here to help you find your way and be healthy and happy. I don’t want to be your guru…just someone who’ll help point the way. If you’re looking for a real person who’s done the work, I’m your guy. I can light the path and walk along it with you but can’t walk for you.