What is the average daily number of steps, and how can I increase them?

By Medical News Today - January 22, 2021

Although there are no strict rules about how many steps per day a person needs, staying active and making efforts to increase their average step count per day may help people reach their health and fitness goals.

Using step trackers, smartphone apps, and other fitness-friendly devices can help people count how many steps they take each day.

A person’s daily average step count can vary widely based on a number of factors. These include age, sex, occupation, and even location.

This article looks at these factors in more detail. It also provides some tips to help a person increase their average daily step count.

Benefits of walking

For most people, walking is a cheap and readily available form of physical activity.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend getting 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity, such as brisk walking, each week.

Engaging in regular physical activity builds muscle strength and endurance. It may also play a role in preventing a number of chronic conditions, such as:

coronary heart disease
type 2 diabetes
obesity
high blood pressure
osteoporosis
high cholesterol
depression
anxiety
Alzheimer’s disease
Walking poses little risk of injury compared with other, high impact forms of activity, such as intense sports.

Also, in most cases, walking does not require special equipment or clothing to engage in.

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