Rate your activity level based on steps per day

Rate your activity level based on steps per day

Sedentary, low active, somewhat active, active, and highly active.

Determine your activity level based on the number of steps you take each day.

1. Sedentary (Inactive)

Pedometer steps = less than 5,000 steps a day

This is equivalent to getting less than 150 minutes of exercise per week, or less than the minimum amount of exercise recommended for all adults. How to increase your steps.

2. Low Active

Pedometer steps = 5,000 – 7,499 steps a day

3. Somewhat Active

Pedometer steps = 7,500 – 9,999 steps a day

4. Active

Pedometer steps = 10,000 steps or more a day

This is the recommended amount of activity for adults to promote and maintain health. To reach 10,000 steps a day, people generally have to add 30 minutes of exercise to their day, in addition to their regular daily activities. Benefits of 10,000 steps a day.

5. Highly Active

Pedometer steps = 12,500 steps or more a day.

This is the recommended number of steps to lose weight. This may seem impossible at first, but I assure you it is possible.

Set goals to gradually increase your steps. Then look for any opportunity to take extra steps throughout the day whether you’re at work, home, or anywhere else.

Tudor-Locke C. & Bassett, D.R. (2004). How many steps/day are enough? Preliminary pedometer indices for public health. Sports Med. 34(1):1-8.

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