Do You Know How Many Steps Per Day You Ahould Really Walk?

The wearables industry might be losing market share and Fitbit might not actually be the future of how to measure your fitness, but that doesn’t mean counting the number of steps you take per day is a fad that’s going to stop for a breather anytime soon.

People will still strap on a Fitbit or an Apple Watch and go about their day, counting each step in a continued quest for getting healthy (or so they can annoyingly show everybody in their path just how many steps they took that day).

But if you are looking to lose weight or just to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it makes sense to count your steps by using some kind of pedometer. But how many steps do you actually need per day to be a healthy human?

The easy answer is 10,000 steps. That’s the initial goal when you open that Fitbit box, and its become the standard benchmark when talking about how many steps a day people should walk.

But according to Live Science, the 10,000-step benchmark is basically an arbitrary number. Catrine Tudor-Locke, the director of the Walking Behavior Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, told the website that pedometers sold in Japan during the 1960’s were marketed as manpo-kei. The English transition for that phrase is “10,000 steps meter.” The moniker has stuck ever since.

Now, when you first unseal that Fitbit box, the initial goal continues to be 10,000. The Centers for Disease Control doesn’t necessarily recommend 10,000 steps, however. Instead, the CDC says  adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week. As Tudor-Locke told Live Science, that’s the equivalent of walking between 7,000-8,000 steps a day.

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