Spending more time in the kitchen could be good for your health. Our new research has revealed on average we’ve walked 130,000 steps in 2014. This means we will have walked 61 miles around our kitchen last year - the same distance as London to Oxford!
The World Health Organisation and the NHS both recommend wearing a pedometer and taking 10,000 steps a day as a way to improve fitness and combat obesity.
Sunday was the busiest day, with an average distance walked of 0.6 miles (1,400 steps) and anything up to 6 hours spent in the kitchen by the person doing all the cooking and cleaning. Saturday was a close second (0.4 miles), with weekdays seeing lots of traffic only at breakfast time and early evening (an average of 0.2 miles). The results were obtained by people wearing pedometers as they went about their weekly routines.
We also asked what Brits used their kitchen for. Cooking was obviously top of the list, but also appearing in the results were: eating (86%), socialising (35%), homework/study (25%) and browsing on the internet (24%). The average kitchen is now 11m2 (or 118 square feet) and getting bigger as Brits are spending more time in the kitchen1.
So if you’re a keen cook, or love to entertain, you’re already on your way to staying fit and healthy in 2015.