A study by Catrine Tudor-Locke & David Bassett Jr. (2004) looked at classification of pedometer-determined activity in healthy adults. The research determined that less than 5,000 steps/d was sedentary, 5,000-7,499 steps/d was low active and 7,500-9,999 steps/d was somewhat active. Equal to or greater than 10,000 steps/d marks active individuals and greater than 12,500 qualify highly active.
Fitness trackers and pedometers can be a great way to determine what category you are in and help give you goals to gradually build up your activity level. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends participating in 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. This averages out to ~7,000-8,000 steps per day. The Japanese were right in their thinking that 10,000 steps/d can be a great goal.
Overall, increasing activity and steps in any facet will help with health and weight loss, but that doesn’t mean that you have to meet a certain level right away.
Do any of you currently use fitness trackers? If so, what is your goal for steps/d?
Tudor-Locke, C., Bassett Jr., D. (2004). How Many Steps/Day Are Enough? Preliminary Pedometer Indices for Public Health. Sports Medicine: 34(1), 1-8
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