How many steps should you take every day? Your ultimate goal should be around 10,000 steps per day. The average person’s stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile. A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. A reasonable goal for most people is to increase average daily steps each week by 500 per day until you can easily average 10,000 per day. Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your steps each day. Put it on when you get up in the morning and wear it until bed time. Or, you can set a goal to walk a certain amount of time each day or week. Either way, increasing how much you walk will positively affect your health.

Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend ~ Walk the dog ~ Use the stairs instead of the elevator ~ Park farther from the store ~ Plan a walking meeting

Number of steps required for weight control

A group of researchers conducted a study based on 31,000 healthy adults to determine the number of steps required for weight control. Here are the findings:

18 to 40 years old: 12,000 steps per day • 40 to 50 years old: 11,000 steps per day • 50 to 60 years old: 10,000 steps per day • 60 years old above: 8,000 steps per day