I try and wear my pedometer everyday. One evening I was bragging to my husband about my step count for the day when he became curious about his own number of daily steps. He was positive he got in at least 10,000 steps a day, since he works in a library and is always walking up and down the stacks. I lent him my pedometer for the day, and he went off to work confident that he would return and show me at least 10,000 steps on the pedometer.
Well, he came home a little disappointed. He managed to get in 7,000 steps that day.
The American Council on Exercise tracked the average number of steps taken by police officers, lawyers, nurses, restaurant servers, mail carriers, factory workers, custodians and construction workers.
Can you guess which of these occupations had the most and the least amount of steps?
MOST - Mail Carriers. People in this profession take about 1,900 steps AN HOUR!
LEAST- Lawyers. This is probably not much of a surprise, considering all the research and paperwork lawyers deal with everyday. Lawyers took an average of about 600 steps and hour.
There are lots of great pedometers out there if you are interested in counting you steps, and most are very affordable. At Baseline Fitness our clients use the pedometer shown above (Omron model HJ-720ITC) because it tracks total steps, aerobic steps, mileage, and it comes with computer software so you can download your step count into your computer.