Do I have to take 10,000 steps in a single day?

CHARLOTTE, NC – With the increase in popularity of Step Tracking, we received this question:


Does everyone really have to take 10,000 steps a day?


1) Dr Gretchen Coady – Internal Medicine and Pediatrician at Family Medicine Associates of York

2) Brigham and Women’s Hospital


No, not everyone needs to hit that 10,000 steps per day mark.

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“The original pedometer was called 10,000 steps in Japanese and this is the only place where the 10,000 step count came from. No study said you had to take 10,000 steps,” said Dr Coady. .

A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that older women taking more than 4,000 steps per day were significantly associated with a lower risk of death than those taking 2,700 steps per day.

The risk of death continued to decrease with the number of steps taken, but stabilized at around 7,500 steps per day.

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“It depends on who you are,” Dr Coady said. “Some people are sure that some people have that number goal to hit really makes a big difference. For others, it really doesn’t motivate them, so that’s okay.”

Dr Coady went on to say, “If you don’t take that 10,000 steps a day you don’t feel like you’re failing and doing a good job, even going from 2,000 to 4000 steps. not a day makes a big difference. “

Best advice from Dr Coady:

“If you get a pedometer and wear it like a Fitbit or something. Wear it and see how many steps on average you already take per day, then add 1000 or 2000 steps per day to that.”

We can therefore verify that not everyone needs to reach this bar of 10,000 steps per day.

Just try to increase what you do daily. Living a healthy and active lifestyle is the key!

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