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How to Hit 10000 Steps a Day

10k steps isn’t like running a marathon. Almost anyone can do it — there’s no training required, and it has an enormous impact on people’s health. But while 89% of Withings users have reached this goal at least once, only 1% manage to do it every day. So we wanted to know: what makes those people special? Well, we crunched the data and found some surprising insights you might benefit from.

Gooooal! The M-F secret to success

We compared top performers with other users to find any differences in the rhythm of their lives. And yup — turns out that our top performers have patterns that are way different from the masses.

Part of days in the total weekly activity

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 14% 15% 13% 12%

Get up and get moving !

It’s not about how late you sleep, it’s about how fast you hit the road after you wake up. We found that top performers get moving 2 hours earlier than others. Morning is the moment of the day when they widen the gap with others: the early bird catches the worm!

Top performers get moving much earlier

2 Hours before

Profile of the activity intensity in a day

0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 0 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Friends will boost your performance

People with friends walk 25% more

Our leaderboards aren’t just fun, we found that having one or more friends in your Withings app makes people walk 25% more

Invite a friend

No really, you don’t have to do marathons

Top performers run

Having an active life is totally within your reach. Our data shows that people who regularly hit 10,000 steps a day aren’t all ultra-runners. In fact, they run only 1 hour a week on average.

The health benefits are real, and really cool.

Enjoy more restorative nights

Top performers go to sleep 16 min earlier and their nights are more restful — the data shows people who regularly hit their step goal are 13% less likely to wake up in the middle of the night.

Master your body’s weight

People who regularly walk 10k steps a day are 9% less likely to be obese. And people who regularly hit their step goal are 2.1 more likely to achieve their target weight.

Strengthen your heart

Walking 10k steps a day on a regular basis can improve your heart health. We see a 10% decrease in the average heart rate among people who walk 10k steps a day.


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Want to make worries melt away? Hit 10k/day and you'll feel less stress

than those who don't move much.

Percentage of users feeling stressed

0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70%

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About the study

This study was conducted by Withings based on data gathered from a panel of more than 100,000 users of Withings activity trackers.

Withings guarantees the confidentiality of personal data and protects the privacy of all its users. Therefore, all data used for this study was rigorously anonymized and aggregated in order to avoid any re-identification.

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