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Walking 10,000 steps a day might sound like a lot - but do you really have much of a sense of how much you're walking, just by following your daily routine?

You might be surprised by how many steps you're already doing, and even more surprised to find out just how easily you could add a few hundred steps here and there to help to reach your target.

Take our short quiz below to get a rough idea of how far you're walking on a daily basis.

*Please note: our calculations are only approximate, and should not be used to calculate your actual step entries into The Walking Challenge.

(i.e. to the train station or bus stop)
Your journey to work and home again combined.
Did you know...?

On average, a person walking for just 5 minutes will clock up around 500 steps.

Even a brief walk can promote a healthy heart, improve brain function, and help with wellbeing issues such as stress and depression.

For many people, the journey to work is the first thing they do every day. By taking at least a small part of this journey on foot, you're starting your day well.

WALKING TIP: If just walking between stations on your route to work, why not try walking up and down the platform a few times to get your steps up?

On average, a person walking between 5 and 15 minutes will clock up around 500 to 1,500 steps.

A 15-minute walk will really get your heart going, burning around 75 calories and giving you a clear headspace for the day ahead.

For many people, the journey to work is the first thing they do every day. By taking at least a small part of this journey on foot, you're starting your day well.

WALKING TIP: If you're just taking a brief walk to work or to your local station, why not see if there's a longer, more scenic route you could take to get your steps up?

On average, a person walking between 15 and 30 minutes will clock up around 1,500 to 3,000 steps.

Half an hour's walking will take you almost a third of the way to hitting your 10,000 target, and will have helped you burn around 150 calories to boot!

For many people, the journey to work is the first thing they do every day. By taking at least a small part of this journey on foot, you're starting your day well.

WALKING TIP: If you're walking to work regularly, why not see if there are different routes you could take to stop you getting bored of the same old scenery every day?

On average, a person walking between 30 and 45 minutes will clock up around 3,000 to 4,500 steps.

This is some serious walking, and could take you close to half of your 10,000 target.

For many people, the journey to work is the first thing they do every day. By taking at least a small part of this journey on foot, you're starting your day well.

WALKING TIP: If you're walking to work regularly, why not see if there are different routes you could take to stop you getting bored of the same old scenery every day?

On average, a person walking between 45 and 60 minutes will clock up around 4,500 to 6,000 steps.

This is some elite walking. Doing this regularly will see great benefits to both your physical and mental wellbeing, with burns of up to 300 calories, and plenty of fresh air and headspace.

For many people, the journey to work is the first thing they do every day. By taking at least a small part of this journey on foot, you're starting your day well.

WALKING TIP: If you're walking for long distances at a time, be sure to stay hydrated - particularly in the hot summer weather!

On average, a person walking over 60 minutes will clock up more than 6,000 steps.

It's great that you're spending most of your break dedicated to getting out and getting some exercise.

By walking for this long just on your lunch break, you will be well on your way to smashing your 10,000 step target!

WALKING TIP: If you're walking for long distances at a time, be sure to stay hydrated - particularly in the hot summer weather!