In Your Lifetime, You'll Walk The Equivalent Of 5 Equators

It goes without saying that staying active is crucial in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But where will that commitment get you? Five times around the Earth's equator. Well, not literally. A moderately active person will walk the equivalent of about five lengths of the equator during their lifetime if they live to the age of 80. That's a lot of walking—and that's a really, really good thing.

Have you ever heard the idea that you should aim to walk 10,000 steps per day? Though that idea may have started as a marketing ploy, the suggestion is backed by research. "There are over 300 peer-reviewed articles with a focus on the 10,000 steps per day protocol," says Jinger S. Gottschall, associate professor of kinesiology at Penn State. Considering the average American takes about 5,000 steps per day, it may be time for us all to step our game up. Learn more about the health benefits of walking in the video below.

Why You Should Walk 10,000 Steps A Day

It certainly wouldn't hurt to shoot for this goal.

How Long Would It Take To Walk Around The World?

Not that it's actually possible.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Earth is about 24,901 miles (40,075 km) around at the equator. 00:42

  2. It would take about 502 days to walk in a straight line around the planet if you stopped for eight hours of sleep each night. 01:47

  3. In 1970, Dave Kunst attempted to walk around the world, and completed his route after four years and three months. 03:39

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Written by Curiosity Staff October 17, 2016

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