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Americans Walk Less, Says Study

Research reveals that Americans walk much less than their counterparts in other industrialized countries. The study used pedometers to record the average number of steps taken by the respondents each day.

Americans Walk Less
The research, conducted in 2003, studied the steps taken by 1,136 adults all over the U.S. These respondents wore pedometers during the research period of two days. Similar walking studies were also conducted in Japan, Australia and Switzerland. The data revealed that Americans walked an average of 5,117 steps per day, much less than Japan (7,168 steps), Switzerland (9,650) and western Australians, who averaged 9,695 steps. The results were recently published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Walk 10,000 Steps a Day

This fitness gap equals about 30 minutes of walking every day. Researchers say we take about 2,000 steps to walk one mile. Health experts advise people to walk about 10,000 steps every day to maintain fitness and good health. This is equivalent to walking five miles. Though there may be differences in the studies conducted in the individual countries, the research strongly suggests that Americans walk much less than their counterparts in other industrialized nations.

American Men Walk More
The study researchers expressed surprise that Americans walked so less. They say if a person walks less than 5,000 steps a day, he/she is considered sedentary. The findings reveal that American men averaged 5,340 steps each day, while U.S. women averaged 4,912 steps. Single individuals averaged 6,076 steps, while married people took 4,793 steps. Widowed respondents averaged the least at 3,394 daily steps.

Amish Farmers Walk a Lot

Another study conducted earlier revealed that Amish men in farming communities took an average of greater than 18,000 steps each day. Amish women recorded an average of greater than 14,000 steps per day. These studies reveal the great decline in the walking habits of Americans.

U.S. is Most Obese Nation

Not surprisingly, the countries with higher daily steps have much lower obesity rates than the U.S. Their obesity rates are between three to 16%. In comparison, around 34% of U.S. adults are obese. To conclude, you can buy your own personal pedometer and record your walking steps each day. Remember 10,000 steps a day can keep you hale and healthy.

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