Poll of the Day > The average US adult only takes 5000 steps each day

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Clench281
07/18/21 7:34:18 AM
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Various studies have found the average adult in the US takes about 5000 steps per day, where 5000 and fewer being labeled sedentary.

10000 steps per day is often cited as a starting point for health and wellness.

Walking is considered one of the best forms of activity, requiring no special equipment, able to be done anywhere, and being low impact.

Will you STEP IT UP and shoot for more activity through walking??

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FatalAccident
07/18/21 7:45:26 AM
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Clench281 posted...
Various studies
lol

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CaptainStrong
07/18/21 7:58:04 AM
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Clench281 posted...
Will you STEP IT UP and shoot for more activity through walking??
Nope. I'll continue taking an average of 50 steps per day.
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Straughan
07/18/21 8:03:56 AM
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I sometimes do an hour of elliptical high resistance in the morning and an hour of neighborhood walking at night and I'm no where near 10000

My pedometer says over 18k yesterday but it's probably a damn liar. Ok nm, maybe it's right but it can't actually be that many. It's measuring smaller steps, gotta be. That's insane. I'm like a rat in a maze.
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Clench281
07/18/21 8:08:32 AM
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FatalAccident posted...
lol

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FatalAccident
07/18/21 8:12:56 AM
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yea lemme see ur sources

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Sarcasthma
07/18/21 8:14:21 AM
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Yeah, I aim for 10,000 a day. That's like a good 1.5 hours of brisk walking.

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America_Dude
07/18/21 8:14:59 AM
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The average US adult only takes 5000 steps each day factoid is just a statistical error. An average US adult only walks 0 steps each day. Walker Georg, who walks non stop each day and makes over 230,000,000 steps each day, is an outlier and should not have been counted.
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Clench281
07/18/21 8:21:04 AM
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Judgmenl
07/18/21 8:23:15 AM
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I probably take less than 100.

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jkdarlow
07/18/21 8:23:40 AM
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That was me yesterday, though im not american so i dont count i guess.
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Sarcasthma
07/18/21 8:23:57 AM
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Judgmenl posted...
I doubt I take less than 100.
Well yeah, that's a ridiculously low number.

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Judgmenl
07/18/21 8:24:26 AM
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Sarcasthma posted...
Well yeah, that's a ridiculously low number.
Changed it to probably because I just woke up and used the wrong word.

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Nichtcrawler X
07/18/21 8:25:21 AM
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Clench281 posted...
requiring no special equipment,

Define "special equipment"?

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Sarcasthma
07/18/21 8:26:30 AM
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Judgmenl posted...
Changed it to probably because I just woke up and used the wrong word.
Well I hope you learned your lesson.

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Clench281
07/18/21 8:30:48 AM
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Nichtcrawler X posted...
Define "special equipment"?

Special, particular, specific

if you wanted to start walking you could do so with no barriers like "oh I need to go buy X just so I can take part in that activity"

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captpackrat
07/18/21 8:34:12 AM
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Just a few steps shy of 370,000 for the month, which puts me at #15,463 out of over 1 million participants.

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SilentSeph
07/18/21 9:44:23 AM
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My old position involved a lot of walking and physical work so I would get 10k steps easily, but now I'm in an office so I have to get my steps after work. Samsung Health and especially Virgin Pulse have been great motivators to keep me walking and running lol

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LinkPizza
07/18/21 11:59:29 AM
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SilentSeph posted...
My old position involved a lot of walking and physical work so I would get 10k steps easily, but now I'm in an office so I have to get my steps after work.

Same here, tbh
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teddy241
07/18/21 12:04:26 PM
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back when i was working i use to get like 1500 steps a day. from 730am-630pm i was either in a car or sitting at my desk.


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Straughan
07/18/21 12:17:17 PM
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On a serious note, if you guys really are a bunch of 30+ year olds. You don't want to have days you don't move. High LDL and a low metabolism is ripe for developing plaque in those arteries along with hyper tension. You at least want to keep some dumbbells near if your being a couch potato and doing a couple sets each hour.

Please get your bloodwork done and donate blood when you can. It's quick and easy
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Clench281
07/18/21 12:36:09 PM
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Check your able-to-donate-blood privilege

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Revelation34
07/18/21 12:55:34 PM
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Straughan posted...
On a serious note, if you guys really are a bunch of 30+ year olds. You don't want to have days you don't move. High LDL and a low metabolism is ripe for developing plaque in those arteries along with hyper tension. You at least want to keep some dumbbells near if your being a couch potato and doing a couple sets each hour.

Please get your bloodwork done and donate blood when you can. It's quick and easy


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CoorsLight
07/18/21 12:59:59 PM
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Clench do you ever make a topic that's not some kind of humblebrag or smug "you guys need to learn how to get healthier like me"

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DirtBasedSoap
07/18/21 1:05:52 PM
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CoorsLight posted...
Clench do you ever make a topic that's not some kind of humblebrag or smug "you guys need to learn how to get healthier like me"
I know, its like hes usually not wrong but he also seems like he would be absolutely insufferable to actually hang out with.

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wolfy42
07/18/21 1:08:55 PM
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So....10 steps each way to the bathroom, average 3 trips a day, which is 60 steps, maybe another 40 steps to make food etc, so 100 steps a day * 30 days =3000 steps average a month.

That was me for most of covid, now I walk alot more due to working, but still mostly drive, probably up to like 500 steps a day at least though.

I feel fine.

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DirtBasedSoap
07/18/21 1:12:28 PM
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wolfy42 posted...
3000 steps average a month
holy shit

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Zeus
07/18/21 1:37:47 PM
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Clench281 posted...
Various studies have found the average adult in the US takes about 5000 steps per day, where 5000 and fewer being labeled sedentary.

And how'd they come up with the significance for this 5,000 number? Because knowing the other nonsense you believe, I'm guessing it's some non-medical person from over a hundred years ago who specifically said the calculation wasn't meant to be used like that.

CoorsLight posted...
Clench do you ever make a topic that's not some kind of humblebrag or smug "you guys need to learn how to get healthier like me"

He's always been pretty heavily gimmicked, but lately he's leaned so far into the gimmick that I'm not sure there's anything but gimmick now. I think it was his meathead topic where he really jumped the shark, in which he pretended to fundamentally misunderstand the insult and ignore the other common meaning to try to spin it.

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Clench281
07/18/21 2:30:57 PM
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Zeus you know nothing about science or medicine so kindly see yourself out

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BEERandWEED
07/18/21 2:34:48 PM
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Walking is super important to health.
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Ogurisama
07/18/21 2:39:38 PM
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Though my weekly average might be less then 5000 cause my steps on my days off are pretty low. But my work days i am usually over 6000

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Clench281
07/18/21 2:43:14 PM
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CoorsLight posted...
Clench do you ever make a topic that's not some kind of humblebrag or smug "you guys need to learn how to get healthier like me"

Yeah I've made ones about Bezos space flight, instant pot yogurt, complaining about the heat/humidity. I've also said running is stupid and I refuse to do it, which is the opposite of any kind of bragging. I've said nothing about my own activity here and as already stated walking is one of the lowest to barrier entry activities so if I wanted to brag I picked a pretty bad way to do it

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DirtBasedSoap
07/18/21 2:45:04 PM
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put the crack pipe down

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Clench281
07/18/21 2:58:01 PM
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Zeus may not make very good posts, but I wouldn't go as far to liken him to someone who smokes crack

It's an insult to people who smoke crack

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Ogurisama
07/18/21 3:02:42 PM
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Seeing average steps nowadays is pretty easy to get info for companies (who probably are the ones doing this research) as pretty much phones and watches are uploading that data to fitness apps pre-installed to the devices. Even if you are not tracking it, it is tracking it.

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DirtBasedSoap
07/18/21 3:04:24 PM
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Clench281 posted...
Zeus may not make very good posts, but I wouldn't go as far to liken him to someone who smokes crack

It's an insult to people who smoke crack
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Straughan
07/18/21 7:26:09 PM
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Clench281 posted...
Check your able-to-donate-blood privilege

Is your iron count too low or blood pressure too high? Why did they disqualify you? My girlfriend got disqualified for low iron because she's a skinny vegan. I got disqualified last summer for slamming an energy drink right before.

Not sure what else you can disqualify for. Ive done that rapid pass on the app 20 times now but most of that stuff are things most would say no I think.

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adjl
07/18/21 7:29:17 PM
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Straughan posted...
Is your iron count too low or blood pressure too high? Why did they disqualify you? My girlfriend got disqualified for low iron because she's a skinny vegan. I got disqualified last summer for slamming an energy drink right before.

Not sure what else you can disqualify for. Ive done that rapid pass on the app 20 times now but most of that stuff are things most would say no I think.

He's gay. He's also married and (presumably) isn't exactly sleeping around enough to actually be at a higher risk of having HIV, but that's not good enough for donation guidelines.

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Clench281
07/18/21 7:30:43 PM
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adjl posted...
He's gay. He's also married and (presumably) isn't exactly sleeping around enough to actually be at a higher risk of having HIV, but that's not good enough for donation guidelines.

This

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Straughan
07/18/21 8:22:29 PM
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I didn't know gay people couldn't donate. So that's why they ask those questions. Weird. I wish they would at least allow you to let your blood. It always makes me feel nice for a few hours. My doctor says I make too many red blood cells.
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adjl
07/18/21 8:30:44 PM
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Specifically, they don't allow any man that's had sex with a man within the past... year? It's 3 months in Canada, and I think the FDA dropped it to 3 months because of Covid-induced demand and shortages, but I believe it's normally a year in the US.

Straughan posted...
Weird. I wish they would at least allow you to let your blood.

You don't have to be able to donate to do that. That's a pretty readily-available medical procedure.

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Clench281
07/18/21 8:32:21 PM
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Straughan posted...
I didn't know gay people couldn't donate. So that's why they ask those questions. Weird. I wish they would at least allow you to let your blood. It always makes me feel nice for a few hours. My doctor says I make too many red blood cells.

Yes, I recall there occasionally being therapeutic donations when I worked for the red cross. The donation was always discarded, because the donation volume is nonstandard (and the donation packs have a premeasured volume of anticoagulant).

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mooreandrew58
07/18/21 9:01:06 PM
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Sarcasthma posted...
Yeah, I aim for 10,000 a day. That's like a good 1.5 hours of brisk walking.

That sounds wrong. I did 20 thousand one day at work and that was over the course of 12 hours in which 90% of it I was walking

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EvilMegas
07/18/21 9:06:50 PM
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I walk about 6 miles a day during the week. Especially now since they took parking privileges away from people that worked during the worst of COVID


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SilentSeph
07/18/21 9:54:20 PM
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mooreandrew58 posted...
That sounds wrong. I did 20 thousand one day at work and that was over the course of 12 hours in which 90% of it I was walking. I'm not known for being a slow walker either.
It usually takes me 75-80 minutes to walk 10k steps.

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Sarcasthma
07/18/21 11:01:27 PM
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mooreandrew58 posted...
That sounds wrong. I did 20 thousand one day at work and that was over the course of 12 hours in which 90% of it I was walking. I'm not known for being a slow walker either.
Look it up. Seems like the general consensus is 10,000 steps takes about 80 to 100 minutes.

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Metalsonic66
07/18/21 11:05:26 PM
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The average US adult doesn't count their steps

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GameReviews
07/18/21 11:15:29 PM
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I'd honestly be surprised if it was actually even that high. People who own step trackers (especially back in 2003, like that first study you posted) are likely walking a lot more than the average person. From my experience, I'd estimate it's closer to 2,000 - 3,000, possibly even less than that.

Also, 10,000 steps is a bullshit, completely made-up number.

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CaptainStrong
07/18/21 11:30:16 PM
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Metalsonic66 posted...
The average US adult doesn't count their steps
The average US adult has a phone that does it for them.
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Metalsonic66
07/18/21 11:32:29 PM
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That can do it for them but doesn't

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