Before we go on, here's the hard data: Australians average 9,695 steps a day; the Swiss take 9,650 and those living in Japan place one foot in front of the other 7,168 times per day. Americans? A lowly 5,117 steps. For what it's worth, one mile is roughly equivalent to 2,000 steps.
And now for the $64,000 question: Why are Americans lagging so far behind? Well, it seems that the experts believe it's at least partly because of America's car-centric culture and the lack of decent mass transit options. It's certainly true that in most locales, the vast majority of travelers and commuters choose to drive to their destinations instead of taking a bus, train or subway (let alone walking).
One thing is for sure – Americans had better start getting their walk on. A whopping (pun sadly intended) 34 percent of Americans are obese, compared to 16 percent of Australians, eight percent of Swiss and three percent of Japanese. Seems that we've got some serious weight to lose. Time to lace up those walkin' shoes, folks.
[Source: Yahoo News]