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What is a pedometer?

A pedometer is a device that counts the number of steps you take.

Walking has been described as the perfect exercise. It is something that nearly all of us can do. The 10,000 steps a day recommendation originated in Japan, but it has gained acceptance in many countries around the world, including the UK and the US. You can use the following recommendations in conjunction with a pedometer to find out how active you are:

steps activity

Please note that these recommendations are likely to be too low for children, girls should do at least 12,000 a day, whereas boys should do at least 15,000.

How far is 10,000 steps?

For an average-sized person, 10,000 steps is the equivalent of approximately five miles, though obviously depends upon how long your stride is. It's also equivalent to about 300-400 calories.

Five miles a day! How can I fit that into my life?

That's where the pedometer comes in. You may be surprised about how many steps you take in an average day without taking any deliberate walking, on the other hand - you may be shocked about how few steps you take by leading a sedentary lifestyle.


Why is a pedometer useful?

Buying a pedometer

Pedometer FAQ

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