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Americans Take Fewer Steps

Americans take far fewer steps than people in other countries, according to research that used pedometers to measure movement.

The data showed that Americans, on average, took about 5,110 steps a day. This compares to more than 9,500 in both Australia and Switzerland.

The New York Times reports:

“The fitness gap detected by the pedometer studies is equal to about 30 to 40 minutes of walking each day. One mile of walking covers about 2,000 steps, researchers say. The health community typically urges people to take at least 10,000 steps a day to maintain good health, which is equal to about five miles of walking.”

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