The average number of steps people walk in a day, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is between 5,000 and 7,000. Achievable for most, but the reality is, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we should be looking to achieve around 10,000 steps a day.
The Job Dictates the Distance
However, when it comes to work, our steps are somewhat dictated by the nature of work we do. Some jobs demand a greater distance than others, for example – a waiter or waitress will take around 1,772 steps per hours and nurses take around 986. The study also shows that postmen and women will take a huge 1,906 steps per hour.
Injuries Often Caused by Walking
Shockingly, nearly 250,000 walkers receive minor injuries as a result of walking – such as induced pain or a nagging old injury that walking has aggravated. However, others can be much worse - some of the most common walking related injuries include: Plantar fascilitis – tenderness on your heel or bottom of foot, Ingrown toenail, bunions and Achilles tendinitis.
With the distances walked by staff every day, long periods spent kneeling or squatting and walking up and down stairs repeatedly, ensuring the comfort and safety of feet and ankles is essential to good, long-term health.
Providing staff with well designed, appropriate footwear as part of their uniform range may just be the answer. Footwear manufactured with the right under-sole cushioning and shock absorbers to the heels, helps save energy much longer than a traditional sole, offering freedom of movement, anti-fatigue and even reduction of musculoskeletal disorders.