UPDATE: Congrats to our week 1 winners: @jweisher on Instagram, Liz Dowiak on Facebook and @ClemmonsSR on Twitter! Week 1 winners scored a Fitbit Zip and a sweet Fitbit t-shirt. Make sure to follow up and get involved with the week 2 challenge!
Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get you thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions.
You know the feeling. Your step goal is in sight. But let’s blast right past that daily goal and up the ante. Here at Fitbit, we’re taking 2,000 more steps every day this week. What are you aiming for? Walk to the store, go an extra mile on the treadmill, or do a couple of Zumba dances each day to rack up some extra steps! Then tell us how you did it using #Fitbit2014 on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and/or Instagram and you just might score a New Year’s surprise!
Here are some encouraging walking statistics to get you going:
- More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle.
- More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation, or exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog.
- The percentage of people who report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week rose from 56% (2005) to 62% (2010).
- Physical activity such as walking can help improve health even without weight loss.
- People who are physically active live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers.
- Aerobic activities like brisk walking, running, swimming and bicycling make you breathe harder and make your heart and blood vessels healthier.
- Walking is the most accessible physical activity, and the most popular.
- The average Australian takes 9,695 steps per day, the average Japanese 7,168, and the average Swiss 9,650, while the average American takes only 5,117 steps per day.
- The average British child takes 9-19% more daily steps than the average American child.
- Walking is so common that we tend to forget about it. But it’s extremely important; something that needs to be nurtured, protected and encouraged.
- It would take a person walking nonstop approximately 347 days to walk around the world.
- The average pair of tennis shoes will last 500 miles of walking.
- A study from 2000 reported that regular walking saves $330 a year in health care costs.
- An average city block is about 200 steps.