Americans Need to Step Up the Activity
In the study, men took more steps than women. Individuals who were single or who had a higher education were likely to take more steps, as well. Findings also showed that fewer steps were taken by older adults and individuals who were overweight or obese. The researchers suggest that Americans need to walk approximately 30-40 minutes per day to match the number of steps taken by adults in the other countries studied.
Note: Before beginning an exercise program or increasing the intensity level of a current routine, a physician's approval should be obtained, especially for older adults and those at risk for or who currently have chronic health conditions.
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; October 2010; pp. 1819-1825; "Pedometer-Measured Physical Activity and Health Behaviors in U.S. Adults"; David R. Bassett JR. et al.