Ten thousand steps is approximately five miles using the average person's stride length of 2.5 feet. According to the Walking Site, a sedentary person may only average between 1,000 and 3,000 steps per day.
Many people incorporate walking into their exercise routines, and a pedometer is an instrument worn by a walker or runner used for recording the number of steps taken, thereby showing the distance traveled. One should consult a physician before starting any exercise program. However, according to Mayo Clinic, keeping track of one's daily food intake and eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains can be done prior to the initial doctor consultation. Also, unless one has existing medical conditions or is a man over 40 or a woman over 50, Mayo Clinic suggests increasing one's physical movement around the house. A ten-minute daily walk is also beneficial.