10,000 Steps to Nowhere

The dreaded step goal....

The month of April is all about The Fool's Journey...take a walk with me through this. 


Besides yoga at YESyoga, another great form of movement is walking and it has so many great benefits for you! Between needing 8 hours of sleep per day, 8 glasses of water, 2,000 calories, 20 minutes of meditation, and 30 to 45 minutes of exercise per day....THEN 10,000 steps, it can all get so overwhelming. 


How does The Fool's Journey have anything to do with this? It's about asking yourself from a beginner's perspective "Does this work for me?" and "Can I choose a more purposeful and intentional number that actually works for me?" 


Real talk, the 10,000 step goal has no scientific backing and isn't real. It was thought to be created by a Japanese company that was selling pedometers in 1965. I-Min Lee, A professor of Epidemiology at Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, looked into the beginning of how this started, and she believes, after having conversations with Japanese researchers that the character of 10,000 looks similar to a man walking. Boom. Branding on point for that company, they started a pedometer revolution. 


Because she's a badass and asked the question of "why?" she created a study in which she found that after about 4,400 steps levels of morality dropped in older women and after 7,500 steps they started to level off. 


So, ask again when you feel the need to do 100 yoga classes in 14 days or your watch sends you a shame notification when you didn't complete your circle if that is really working for you, and what's a new way to bring in purpose and intention in your movement. 


Just start with a beginning point of saying YES for yourself. 

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