Stepping up to 4,000: The Path to a Healthier You!

For decades the phrase of “10,000 steps a day” has echoed through the world of fitness and health. It has been the gold standard, a universal goal for those seeking a healthier lifestyle. But what if we told you that you can achieve significant health benefits with just 4,000 steps a day? Recent research suggests that you don’t need to aim for the sky-high 10,000 steps to reap the rewards of walking.


The idea of walking 10,000 steps daily was originally created as part of a clever marketing campaign ahead of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. A pedometer, known as the “manpo-kei” or the “10,000 steps meter,” was introduced to the public. Its name was based on the Japanese character for 10,000, which resembles a person walking. Over time, this concept expanded across borders and became the standard fitness goal for many around the world. 

Japanese character for 10,000, which resembles a person walking.

However, a new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology challenges the long-held idea that 10,000 steps are necessary to live a healthy life.

The study explored the health benefits of walking up to 20,000 steps a day. Surprisingly, the study found that around 4,000 steps per day were associated with a “significant” reduction in the risk of early death. However, the most significant impact on health occurred when people walked over 7,000 steps a day, with the maximum benefits observed at around 20,000 steps.

So, if the idea of achieving 10,000 steps a day feels overwhelming, rest assured that you can make a difference in your health with just 4,000 steps. Remember, the most important aspect is not hitting a specific number, but trying to stay active. Walking is a simple, yet powerful way to invest in your health, and the evidence suggests that every step counts towards a longer and healthier life. 

Take the first step towards a healthier you and schedule an appointment with your NOAH provider today.