Baselining 10,000 steps to health

Being one to practice what I preach, and having been looking into creating a 10,000 steps (a day) culture in organizations I started to find out my baseline.

I have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 27, weigh 93 kilos and used a pedometer for a week to see how many steps I normally take.

I also took a picture of myself without a shirt to show the starting point.

Conclusions: The picture is too awful to show. A healthy BMI is less than 25 so I have a ways to go. And my average number of steps is around 7,000 a day.

A lot of Americans do 2,000 to 3,000 a day, as they use their cars a lot. They say 6,000 will keep you at the level you are. 10,000 is what your body “is built” for.

My 7,000 explains why I do not go up in weight, but also that I am not doing enough to loose any. I am now experimenting to find ways to walk that little extra. For example, returning from a meeting I took the commuter train to the stop nearest my house. Gives a 25 minute walk.

I found a bus line that goes from my house and stops 4km from my friend, So I took that and walked instead of going station to station on the underground.

Noted: it is not easy to see all the paths to walk and connections to public transport, even in Sweden. Must be even harder in the US where they don’t even have sidewalks!

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