Tudor-Locke explains importance of daily step count in SELF article

University of Massachusetts Department of Kinesiology Professor and Chair Catrine Tudor-Locke

Catrine Tudor-Locke

November 14, 2017

"It's the difference between a public health recommendation and an exercise prescription—one is a general statement and the other is more focused on an individual," says Professor of Kinesiology Catrine Tudor-Locke in the latest issue of Self magazine.

In an article titled Should You Be Taking 12,000 Steps a Day Instead of 10,000, Tudor-Locke weighs in on the history of the pedometer and how many steps per day is enough to benefit the average adult. She explains under the CDC’s recommendations, getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, the average adult only needs about 7,500 steps each day to meet those goals. Those accomplishing the minimum amount experience improved sleep patterns and digestion, while feeling a decrease in anxiety and depression.

Tudor-Locke explains it is difficult to pinpoint the exact number of steps a person needs to take per day because it varies on the individual’s lifestyle. While she says taking less than 10,000 steps a day may be enough to keep a person healthy, professional trainers say adults should be getting closer to 12,000 steps in per day.