A recently published study claims that, in the end, you do not need to take 10,000 steps a day to be healthier. From seven thousand onwards, improvements can be observed.
Most people think that they need to reach 10,000 steps daily to improve their health, because there are studies that show that the more steps you take daily, the lower the risk of premature death.
However, according to Science Alert, no research agrees on ideal number of daily stepsThe
Now, a team led by physical activity epidemiologist Amanda Paluch, of the University of Massachusetts, USA, analyzed the activity of 2,000 black-and-white men and women from four different US cities.
The team, with a average age just over 45 years, used a device that did the daily counting of the steps during the day of each participant.
The experiment began in 2005 and was completed in 2018, when 72 people from the original group had died.
While the observational nature of the study means that scientists can not draw completely reliable conclusions, it helps to identify possible links between activity levels and health of the participantsThe
The researchers found that people who walked at least 7,000 steps a day had about a 50 to 70 percent lower risk of dying prematurely than those who walked less than 7,000 steps on average.
The intensity of the steps – that is, the speed – had no effect on mortality.
According to researchers, increasing the daily volume of steps of less active people in the population may provide greater protection against mortality – but after a certain point, additional steps do not seem to have a beneficial effect.The
“Taking more than 10,000 steps a day was not associated with a greater reduction in the risk of mortality,” the researchers explained.
Although the results generally confirm the benefits of walking, this study determines the seven thousand daily steps as the goal to achieve to have a healthier life.
“The steps per day is a simple and easy measurement to follow and taking more steps / day can be a good way to improve your health,” Paluch said. HealthDay NewsThe
“Seven thousand steps a day can be a big goal for many people who are not reaching at the moment,” he continued.
The results were published on September 3 in JAMA Network OpenThe