By Meeghan, 6 October, 2009
Both the Australian physical activity guidelines and the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines recommend ‘moderate’ intense physical activity on most days of the week.
A significant issue with these current physical activity recommendations (no it’s not the fact that almost 50% of Australians are not following them) is use of the word ‘moderate’, which means different things to different people.
A study was recently published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine which attempts to translate these physical activity recommendations into a pedometer-based step goal and here’s what they found.
To maintain a ‘moderate’ level of physical activity men and women are required to walk between 92 - 115 steps a minute; this is a brisk pace you might walk when running late for an important meeting with your personal trainer!
Aim for a brisk 3,000 step walk in 30 minutes or three 10-minute walks of 1,000 steps a day to ensure you are meeting the basic recommendations for good health and invest in an accurate pedometer; Choice recommends the Yamax Digiwalker SW-701 which is widely available in Australia.