Fitbit’s year in review: Which countries led their health and fitness

As we head into a new year, it’s always important to reflect on the past. 2022 was filled with highs and lows, wins and losses, learnings and celebrations. Above all, it taught us that when we come together as a community, we can achieve great things like a collective 47 trillion steps in 2022!

If you find that impressive, you’ll want to keep reading because Fitbit researchers analyzed data from Fitbit users around the world and found some of your most outstanding stats to date. Read on to discover which countries were top contenders for highest step count, best rest, lowest stress and more

Total Global Step Stats

The Fitbit community took a total of 162 billion steps on May 27, marking the most steps taken in a single day worldwide in 2022. As of May it was our best move month of the year!

Finally, in 2022 we crossed 20 billion miles together. That’s enough to walk 143 times to Mars and 6.5 times to Pluto!

Total global sleep statistics

What were Fitbiters like when they hit the hay? With an average of 6.5 hours of sleep and an average sleep score of 76, these metrics give you a “fair” score on snoozing. But don’t worry, you can use your Fitbit sleep data to help you get back to an “excellent” sleep score in 2023!

Another fun fact? The most common sleeping animal in 2022 was the giraffe, which means you tend to sleep less and you’re more likely to go to bed later and wake up earlier. You have a relatively good ratio of deep and REM sleep, despite a shorter overall duration.¹

Total Global Exercise Statistics

Active Zone Minutes, or AZM, is a heart-based metric that tracks how much time a user spends in heart-pumping activity. With a total of 173 billion active zone minutes, Fitbit users are definitely bringing the heat in 2022—especially on May 14, with a total of 612 million minutes. Way to get moving!

Who got the most active zone minutes in 2022?

Based on recommendations from the World Health Organization, the American Heart Association and others, we should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week. So, who took these activity goals to heart and got the most AZM in 2022? Drum roll please… Switzerland! It is followed by Sweden and Denmark respectively.

Who made it to 2022?

But which country was the real MVP of action? Let’s get a round of applause for Hong Kong! It was followed by Switzerland and Spain. Well played!

Who got the best rest in 2022?

Even with busy schedules and hectic routines, Fitbitters remember that when you prioritize getting good sleep, your body and mind stay healthy. According to our data, Finland had the most lights on last year. Other top snoozers include New Zealand and Belgium.

Who had the best stress management score in 2022?

You’re tapping into your mindfulness practice and putting your mental health first, even amid the constant uncertainty of the world. And which country won the best stress management score in 2022? None other than Spain! It was followed by Sweden, the Netherlands, Ireland and finally Denmark. How’s that for Jane?

This new year will undoubtedly present a new series of opportunities and challenges as we all continue to refine and evolve our health and wellness routines. Through it all, it’s important to remember that the journey, if not more important than the destination, is just as important. Best wishes for 2023!


¹ Fitbit Premium subscription required. Not for medical purposes. Consult your healthcare professional with questions about your health. The device must be worn for at least 14 nights of sleep over a month.

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