Americans Bad at Putting One Foot in Front of Other

by Liz Colville

Americans are way behind other countries when it comes to two-legged motion. We walk an average of 5,117 steps per day, compared to Australia’s 9,695, Switzerland’s 9,650, and Japan’s 7,168, says a new study. “It did surprise me that Americans were that sedentary,” said the lead author, David R. Bassett, Jr. It did?

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Photo from the Library of Congress via Flickr