how many steps do you do a day

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This meta analysis of 8 prospective studies from Circulation Dec 2022 suggests that Senior AFF members (>60yrs) will have 40-50% less cardiovascular disease events if they do 6000-9000 steps. And if you do 15000 steps you chances are even better. It suggests that the fabled 10000 steps is not necessarily the minimum

For the Junior AFF members (<60yrs) it does not seem to make a huge difference

@drron you must have done a lot of steps each day in Christmas in Bangkok



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I am in the second graph category for a few more years. My goal is 6000-10000 per day, but there are many days that I don't make my goal and some days that I well and truly exceed it. I am using my phone for counting the steps and there are many times I find myself walking around with my phone sitting on my desk of somewhere other than in my pocket keeping track.
 
I’m in my 50s and I average 80,000 steps per week. During Covid, when the gyms were closed, I bumped that up to 90,000/week in a futile attempt to stop my weight from increasing.
 
Averaging just under ~10k per day for the last 2 yrs but I have the QF Wellbeing app set to 8k per day and 50k per week to make sure I max the points earn 😁

But I had seen and heard a while ago that something around 7k per day is good. 10k was just easy to remember.
 
I'm in my 70's and average 16000-18000 steps per day and have kept that pace up for many years since I stopped running at 60...hasnt helped with the weight I'm afraid
 
In Bangkok I had a few days of over 15000 steps but averaged about 11000. At home sadly 5-6000. A bit hard when you have mobility issues. On the other hand I really don’t have much in the way of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. BP this morning 100/60, cholesterol about 3 with a high HDL.
Weight was my problem. Got to 115Kg at maximum. Mainly bounced around 105Kg. Was 106Kg on 1/3/22. This morning 86.6. On our last 2 trips the weight gain was only 600Gms.

Initial target is 84.5Kg which is a BMI of 25. Target for the end of the year is 81Kg. But that comes after a combined 90 days on a cruise ship.
 
Since lockdowns I've been averaging over 7k per day.

Before that it was a little over 6K.

The 6k was generally in three blocks, most of the 7k is in a 4k daily walk.

With the Qantas Wellbeing app, I aim high but on the last day of the week, I review ;)
 
While daily steps are a useful metric, they fail to cover the whole story.
It is quite possible to be quite fit on a very low step count ;IMO folks should not be hung up about the magic 10000 steps...
More important metrics are probably max hr and the effects thereof
Personally , when I wear it, the watch offers me anything from 8km to 18km day (sorry don't know how many steps).
If asked by a medical practitioner I say I walk more than 70km per week on long term average..
Other regular exercise such as upper body stress and raised heart rate is important to achieve but not easy to quantify..so I don't ..
I can and do drive my hr into exhaustion now and then with no ill effects and a recent Stress echo supported that concept
In my very late 70's I am finally hitting the wall in terms of exercise endurance and can see that there may be and end…somewhere…
I hope to be able to walk 5k at pace into my mid 80's..but in reality will probably cark it next week from …..something...
 
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Am +60; Apple watch; before my hernia operations in May last year, which have left me with 'lingering issues' I was averaging 11,000 per day. Since then, 8,300, for an overall average of 9,000.

Best ever 25,000.
 
I'm in my 70's and average 16000-18000 steps per day and have kept that pace up for many years since I stopped running at 60...hasnt helped with the weight I'm afraid

There is one major issue with step count alone and that is the turnover rate ; perhaps you need to set some pace goals..that might burn some calories.
 
I aim for an average of 10,000 over a month but my daily total can vary between 6,000 and 15,000.
 
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I'm in my 70's and average 16000-18000 steps per day and have kept that pace up for many years since I stopped running at 60...hasnt helped with the weight I'm afraid

There is one major issue with step count alone and that is the turnover rate ; perhaps you need to set some pace goals..that might burn some calories.
And good on you for having a stress echo. There are a lot of people who have heart attacks without risk factors that are known. I am booked for my stress echo towards the end of the month. I have had them every 3 years. It was at the last stress echo it was found that I was in atrial fibrillation. I had and still haven't had any symptoms but once over 75 it is a major risk factor for a stroke so important to know about it. So now I am on blood thinners with increased insurance premiums.
 
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