Table 1

Government/agency/professional organization step-based recommendations from around the world



professional organization

Step-based recommendation

Queensland Health (Australia)

Sponsors 10,000 Steps: "aims to increase the day-to-day activity of Australians by encouraging you to use a step-counting pedometer to accumulate 'incidental' physical activity as part of your everyday living" ( webcite)

National Heart Association of Australia

Produced a brochure in 2009 "Making every step count" ISBN 978-1-921226-71-7, webcite, that says "a suggested target for healthy adults is 10,000 steps per day."

U.S. President's Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program

Recommends 8,500 steps/day for adults, and 13,000 and 11,000 steps/day for boys and girls respectively

( webcite)

America on the Move

Promotes walking an extra 2,000 steps in addition to eating 100 less calories each day to stop weight gain( webcite)

National Obesity Forum (U.K)

Indicates that 3,000 to 6,000 steps/day is sedentary, 7,000 to 10,000 steps is moderately active, and > 11,000 steps/day is very active. ( webcite)

Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency

Promotes an additional 30 minutes of daily walking or 3000 steps ( webcite)

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan [77]

Recommends: "for individuals who intend to promote health mainly through physical activity, a daily walk of 8,000 to 10,000 steps is set as the target. The report indicates that 8,000 to 10,000 steps/day is approximately equivalent to 60 minutes of walking per day at an intensity of 3 METs, and that it is also approximately equivalent to 23 MET-hours/week of MVPA which is the recommended physical activity level in this guideline.

Tudor-Locke et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011 8:79   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-79

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