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How Many Steps Should Women Take a Day to Maintain Good Health and Boost Longevity?

Jun 11, 2019
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Maya Rudolph, Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, PharmD Candidate

The goal of 10,000 steps per day has been set by many to help reduce the risks of physical and mental problems. To help reach this goal of 10,000 steps daily, many people wear fitness trackers, wearables, or carry smartphones to track physical activity. This goal was originated in Japan from a pedometer called Manpokei, which translates to “10,000 steps meter.” Most fitness tracker settings often default to 10,000 steps daily, but information on why this number of steps are needed to sustain good health is limited. Medical experts have explained that steps are the basic element to locomotion that promotes walking and fitness at all levels and ages. Reasons why the measure of steps per day is valid are essential to research findings guiding improved public health.

In a cohort study conducted by Women’s Health Study (WHS), 16,741 women's daily number of steps were measured....


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