How many steps should you take in a day?
How many steps does a typical person take per day? According to studies, the average American adult only gets about halfway to a daily step goal of 10,000. Those who wear an activity monitor or pedometer, on the other hand, may take more steps than those who do not.
However, in this case, being above average pays off in this case. If your average daily step count is around 5,000, you are unlikely to get the recommended amount of exercise to reduce health risks. Furthermore, you may find yourself sitting and inactive for long periods of the day, increasing your health risks.
Average number of steps in Australia
The 10,000-step concept was developed in Japan in the run-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. However, no real research was conducted to support the target; instead, it was a marketing strategy to sell pedometers.
Since then, many physical activity guidelines around the world, including those in Australia, have recommended at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day. 30 minutes of activity equals about 3,000 to 4,000 dedicated steps at a moderate pace.
In Australia, the average adult took about 7,400 steps per day. So, an extra 3,000 to 4,000 steps per day from dedicated walking will get you to the 10,000-step mark.
How to monitor your steps
You don't have to calculate the number of steps in a mile or guess how many steps you take each day anymore. You can do it with a pedometer, activity tracker, smartphone, or fitness app.
The companies that make these products receive continuous data on total daily steps from their users. However, this data may be skewed because people who wear pedometers or activity monitors are frequently motivated to take more steps per day and meet goals. It's also possible that they won't wear the pedometer or carry the phone with them all day.
How many steps is considered active?
Your personal step goal may vary depending on your health, age, and objectives.
Many studies have found that even participants who walk less than 10,000 steps per day have better health outcomes.
According to one study, people who walked more than 5,000 steps per day had a much lower risk of heart disease and stroke than those who walked less than 5,000 steps per day. Each 1,000-step increase per day reduced the risk of dying from any cause prematurely by 6%.
According to some studies, walking 4,400 steps per day is enough to improve longevity when compared to those who walk fewer steps. Increasing this number yields additional benefits, but these benefits diminish after about 7,500 steps.
If you want to lose weight or lower your risk of metabolic syndrome, you should consider increasing your daily step average. In a 2017 study, researchers discovered that those who walked an average of 15,000 steps per day had a lower risk of metabolic syndrome and were more likely to lose weight.
Children and teenagers may benefit from taking more steps as well. According to current research, the ideal daily step count for children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 is around 12,000 steps.
However, 10,000 steps per day may be too much for older adults or those with chronic health conditions, and a lower step goal may be more appropriate.
The number of steps you take each day can indicate whether or not you are getting enough physical activity to reduce health risks and improve your fitness. You can track your steps in a variety of ways, including wearing a pedometer, fitness tracker, activity monitor, or using a pedometer app on your smartphone (assuming you carry it with you most of the day).
Don't settle for mediocrity. Increase your steps to reduce inactivity and exercise for 30 minutes per day.