Keeping a Step Ahead: Men in Osaka and Women in Kanagawa Score Top for Walking

Experts recommend a healthy dose of daily physical activity like walking as a way to stay healthy and stave off the effects of aging. A National Health and Nutrition Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare shows that on average Japanese adult men walk 6,846 steps a day, while women walk 5,867. The figures for people between the ages of 20 and 59 years old vary only slightly. However, once people reach their sixties and retirement age, averages dip rapidly, with people in their seventies walking at least 2,400 steps fewer compared to those in their fifties. Even accounting for yearly fluctuations, there is an obvious gradual drop in averages for older age groups over the mid- to long term. The decrease in steps walked is thought to be largely the result of an uptick in sedentary senior citizens as Japanese society grays. Read more here >>>

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