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Ruth Spencer takes a foray into the 10,000 steps fad.

“I’m just going outside and may be some time.” These were the heroic last words of Captain Lawrence Oates in Antarctica in 1912, and they’re something I’ve been saying every day for a month as I don sneakers and headphones and go for a walk. Not just any walk: the walk that will propel me, unwillingly, towards my daily target of 10,000 steps. When Oates walked out of the tent to his death in a blizzard, Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s doomed South Pole party was only about that many steps away from the next depot when the men were overcome by cold and hunger. Frankly, I get it. Some days I, too, would rather curl up forever in a frozen reindeer skin than go for…

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