Now that you know why steps are important, it's time to look at the magic number. The average person should aim for 10,000 steps per day. However, this is not a one-size-fits-all deal and depends on your age and activity level as well.
In general, the more active you are through other forms of exercise like running or swimming, the fewer steps you need to take each day. So, whether this means going up stairs instead of using an elevator or standing up while watching TV — get those legs moving!
If you’re able, a great way to combat the effects of sitting is with a standing desk. This will help you get more steps in without having to leave your house! When standing, you can burn anywhere from 100 to 200 calories an hour, which is the equivalent of calories burned by taking 2000 - 4000 steps.