Episode 52

Why Is 10k Steps All Over The News?

10,000 steps. It's canon at this point. That nice, round number should be our goal for the day. But WHY?? Where did this recommendation come from? Is there something magical about 10,000? What does research actually support?

Breaking down the origins of the 10,000 daily step goal has been a hot topic in media lately, in part due to a recent study published by Kosuke Inoue, MD et al in the JAMA Open Network titled Association of Daily Step Patterns With Mortality in US Adults”. In this episode we will WALK THROUGH this study and highlight key points and takeaways.

Other points-of-interest in this episode include:

The likely origins of the 10k-per-day step recommendation

How far is 10,000 steps?

Are there actual measurable health benefits to reaching this daily goal?

Can we achieve health outcomes with less than 10k steps daily?

How can I track my steps? What if I don't want to buy a fancy health wearable tracker?

Can other forms of exercise be just as good?

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Jeremy Alland

Dr. Jeremy Alland is a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, a renowned, consistently top-10 nationally-ranked orthopedic practice in Chicago, IL. In addition to a busy clinical practice, he serves as the head primary care team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Dogs, as well as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire Soccer Club. An avid athlete, Dr. Alland played collegiate baseball for DePauw University before pursuing medicine and enjoys golfing, basketball and stand-up paddleboarding. He lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife, Katie, two children, Olive and Logan, and their goldendoodle, Archie. He never thought he would have a podcast, but has found it insanely fun and is excited to bring fun and approachability to the most common questions we hear as doctors.

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Julie Bruene

Dr. Julie (Julia if we’re being formal, Julia Rose if she’s in trouble) Bruene is a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, a renowned, nationally-ranked orthopedic practice in Chicago. She serves as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and DePaul University. Aside from her obvious interests in sports and medicine, she is a true crime obsessive and is a total sucker for rescued cats. She lives in Chicago with her husband and partner-in-crime, Adam, and with several of the aforementioned rescued cats. We don’t need to get into specifics about the exact number here. She likes when people are kind to one another and when animals dress up like other animals. Rock over London, rock on Chicago.