Track your progress with step counters

Print Friendly

Regular physical activity is linked to a longer, healthier life; by staying active we can help ensure mobility later in life and keep fighting fit.  

An extensive, ground-breaking study done in Australia by the George Institute for Global Health and the Menzies Research Institute in Tasmania tracked activity from more than 3,000 participants over 15 years.

The study’s results were clear: increasing the number of steps a person takes is linked to living longer. And while on the surface that might seem like good common sense, looking closer at the data tells an even more compelling story.

A sedentary person who increased their steps from 1,000 to 3,000 a day, five days a week, had a 12% lower mortality rate. By further increasing to 10,000 steps a day, seven days a week, participants were found to have a 46% lower mortality risk.

The average age of participants in the study was 59, showing there’s never a bad time to get active, even if you aren’t already – staying fit and healthy isn’t just a young man’s game, and by doing something as simple as walking you can increase your overall health and prolong your life.

NHS health guidelines echo the importance of physical activity. To stay healthy or improve health, the NHS recommends older adults aged 65 and over should be active daily and aim for at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week.

Increasing your physical activity is as simple as taking a walk around the block or through your local park; exercise doesn’t need to be complicated and can be done whenever works best for you – you can schedule in a morning walk, take a stroll with a loved one after dinner or even walk to work or the shops instead of taking the car.

Count your steps  

Setting a goal and monitoring progress is a great way to increase your physical activity and stay motivated to continue doing so.

The rise of pedometers or step counters has met the growing appetite for personal health data; wearing a step counter like the Fitbit or Jawbone is a simple way to keep track of how much walking you do in a day and track your progress over time.

Many of the best step counters also have an app or website where you can track additional metrics like sleep patterns or the foods you eat each day.

They come in a variety of sizes – some clip discreetly to your pocket or sleeve, while others can be worn around your wrist for convenience. There’s advantages to both; if you’re forgetful, a wrist step counter can also double as a watch. If you prefer to keep your health and fitness goals private, the clip-on step counters are lightweight and discreet with a long battery life.

Activity tracker

Activity tracker

10,000 steps works out to roughly the equivalent of five miles, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go on a long trek each day to hit that number.

According to the NHS, the average Briton walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps a day, meaning you’re likely already part way there most days. By changing a few routines – such as walking instead of driving, parking further away, taking the stairs and meeting a friend for a stroll instead of a coffee – you can sneak in some extra steps and walk your way to a healthier lifestyle.

You can find activity trackers like the Fitbit and Jawbone on Amazon, John Lewis, Argos or Tesco.

So tell us: what do you think about step counters? How many steps do you think you take each day? Let us know in the comments below!  

The following two tabs change content below.

Silversurfers Features Editor

Hello there! I’m Rachel and I’m the Features Editor for Silversurfers. I work behind the scenes to bring interesting, informative and entertaining subject matter to the Silversurfers community. I hope you enjoy the features we have shared with you. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us, we love to hear from you!

Latest posts by Silversurfers Features Editor (see all)

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password

Comments are closed.

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Technology

Silversurfers and the world of technology family, technology, age and people concept - close up of happy senior couple with tablet pc computer at home
We’re all surrounded by technology, but let’s be honest, most of us only scratch the...
Do an inbox clear out Email Screen
Email has revolutionised the way we communicate with each other, particularly in business...
Spring cleaning for your tech Miniature Worker With Broom Working On Keyboard
Spring is a great time to clear away the clutter - and that applies to your tech, too.  ...
Taming your Inbox Businessman Pointing At Email Icon
204 million emails are sent every minute; they have replaced the telephone for many people and are...
How to handle nuisance calls Businesswoman Hand Holding A Phone Blue Screen And The Phone Rin
From PPI insurance claims to persistence salesman nuisance, unwanted calls can be incredibly...
Stop unwanted calls and get 10% Discount off CPR Call Blockers cpr_call_blocker_v108
Britons receive a staggering 60 million nuisance calls and texts a day, equating to an...
Upgrade your sound system with the best wireless speakers Lifestyle2013Play5Patio
When it comes to splashing some cash on a wireless speaker, you have many things to consider...
Plan a Digital Detox Garbage Can Filled With Obsolete Office Equipment
With surveys revealing that many people would rather go without daily doses of coffee or...
Shopping for a home computer Home computer
Step into your average family home in 2015 and you’ll be met by a veritable army of screens in...
Tuition and Technology support at home imgo-1
Technology plays an increasingly vital role in our lives, and it can be a disaster when it all...
5 great games for your tablet Asphalt Game Application On Apple Ipad
From humble beginnings in the 1970s, computer games have quickly risen through the years to become...
5 gadgets for a smarter home Person Using Remote Control Of Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
Every man’s home may be his castle but that doesn’t mean it needs to stay in the dark ages...