The notion that racking up 10,000 steps every day for your health is not necessarily based in science.
In the lead-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a company came up with a device which they started marketing to the health-conscious. It was called a Manpo-Kei. In Japanese, “man” means 10,000, “po” means steps and “kei” means meter.
In an attempt to capitalise on the immense popularity of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a company Yamasa designed the world’s first wearable step-counter, a device called a manpo-kei, which translates as “10,000-step meter”.
Regardless of the lack of science, it has got people moving.