Evidence Behind 10,000 Steps Walking

Apichai Wattanapisit, Sanhapan Thanamee


A recommendation to walk 10,000 steps/day is widely promoted among populations. This study aimed to review scientific evidence of 10,000 steps walking. English language articles between years 2000-2016 were searched from online databases; MEDLINE, CINAHL, and Google Scholar.  The search terms were “10000 steps walking” AND “adults”. Seventeen primary studies were reviewed. The studies supported benefits of 10,000 steps/day on body compositions, blood pressure and serum lipid levels. A 10,000 steps/day walking was considered as an alternative recommendation on physical activity for public health which comparable with 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity physical activity. Various approaches included prize reinforcement, using a step counter (pedometer), family- and community-based interventions could increase a number of steps. Applying any interventions to achieve the recommendation should consider about accessibility, appropriate duration, and continuity of those approaches.


Health benefits; Walking; 10,000 steps walking

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