In the 1960s, professor Yoshiro Hatano invented the 10,000 step rule after he became interested in figuring out the most impactful method for preventing heart disease and obesity.
Hatano theorised that taking 10,000 steps a day, the equivalent of about five miles, would result in 20 percent of burned calories for the average person. The idea spread to the U.S. and other countries and became the recommended health standard in several organisations.
It is a well-known fact that exercise is beneficial for our health and well-being. It also lowers blood pressure, improves our sleep and leads to better glycemic control.
New research on exercise reveals that group exercising may have other positive effects that were overlooked before. Our thoughts and attitudes are influenced by the people around us, and when we get to know people who exercise regularly, we start to view the activity as desirable, doable and appealing.
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