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An interesting question...and one that apparently someone has researched. www.thefreelibrary.com/Number+of+ped
I would think that the average # of steps that any person, from any region on this earth takes would be highly dependent on a number of factors.. health status, the geographical area (climate, weather, topography etc), economic factors + availablity and types of alternative modes of transportation, average age of the residents of each area, personal interests, motivation and probably a lot of other things. I think the 10,000 steps is the general guideline accepted for "active" lifestyle. I'm not sure if it is country or continent dependent but rather species dependent.
I'm not an expert in anything related to this at all. I am just speculating. Your question is interesting and I hope others speculate as well.
Edited by: GEMSTONE1952 at: 8/10/2010 (00:05)
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So I just got myself a new pedometer and it got me thinking. A couple of years ago I visited Europe for 9 weeks, and I came back super skinny (in a healthy way). I am wondering now if anyone knows the statistics for how many steps on average Europeans take? Is it the magical 10,000 or is it more?