This weekend I scored a free pedometer. So I’m putting it to use tomorrow. I’m not sure, however, how many steps a normal person takes. I don’t actually have a goal number of steps…I’m doing this more as an experiment.
After some Googling, I found that 10,000 steps per day has become a common goal…but there doesn’t seem to be research to back up that number. I’ve even found that something as low as 6,000 steps a day is shown to be connected to lower death rate in men according to a Harvard Study.
So I decided to use the numbers published by Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke in Sports Medicine magazine. He’s been studying pedometer walking and these are the classifications he came up with:
Classification of pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults:
- Under 5000 steps/day may be used as a “sedentary lifestyle index”
- 5,000-7,499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered “low active.”
- 7,500-9,999 likely includes some exercise or walking (and/or a job that requires more walking) and might be considered “somewhat active.”
- 10,000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as “active”.
- Individuals who take more than 12,500 steps/day are likely to be classified as “highly active”.
I’ll give you my number tomorrow.