Many fitness experts recommend we walk 10 000 steps a day to maintain our weight and overall good health. 10,000 steps are approximately 5 miles. In order to measure the number of steps you take in a day, you will need to purchase and wear a pedometer. Do this for a week or two and you will get a good average step count. Your goal is to reach 10,000 or more steps each day. There is nothing magical about 10,000 steps, but it will put you in the right ballpark.