For the past few years, researchers have been attempting to determine the amount of steps a person should take to improve their overall health. A recent comprehensive meta-study that examined the outcomes of 12 different studies may be the closest to providing a definitive answer.
According to the research, walking between 2,500 and 2,700 steps daily provides health benefits. Walking 8,763 steps daily reduces mortality risk, and 7,126 steps offer the best protection against cardiovascular disease.
Walking 2,500 steps per day has been linked to an 8% lower risk of death from any cause and an 11% lower risk of cardiovascular events. Upping your steps to 7,000 was linked to a 51% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, while walking 9,000 steps drastically lowered the chance of dying prematurely by 60%.
Studies have found that the 10,000 steps-per-day goal, which originated in an advertisement for a pedometer in 1964, has been largely debunked and is not supported by any scientific evidence.
However, evidence suggests that walking at an intermediate or high speed can provide additional health benefits.
A meta-study of 12 studies that included health records of 111,309 individuals who used accelerometers, or fitness trackers, was conducted.
This is the first study to analyse and measure the amount of walking needed for optimal health outcomes.
This research highlights the potential of adding step targets to existing physical activity guidelines, regardless of factors such as sex, device type, or wearable location, further highlighting the findings' strength.
According to this study, physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour are beneficial to health.
The researchers recommended that people set goals that gradually increase their step count over time, regardless of their current step count.
Taking 10,000 steps per day is generally beneficial. Research suggests that taking more than 10,000 steps may not provide additional health benefits, but it is not necessarily harmful. There are diminishing returns at higher levels of step-taking.
Research has shown a decrease in mortality with up to 8,763 steps taken daily and a reduced cardiovascular risk/incidence when up to 7,126 steps are taken daily.
In observational studies like this one, it is difficult to tease out the association since walking volume and pace are closely related — those who step faster also tend to have more daily steps.
Therefore, limited data on stepping pace and health benefits makes it hard to determine whether faster walking brings more help or if one can achieve one's health goals at any pace.
During your walk, raise your heart rate slightly to be slightly elevated. Faster walking is more beneficial than slower walking, according to solid evidence.
The study's central message is about staying healthy as we get older. Even walking daily can help us live healthier lives and reduce the risk of heart problems.
You don't have to aim for a significant number, like 10,000 steps, because that can be tough for some people. Instead, around 500 steps, about a 1.25-mile walk, is a good goal for older folks. Even lower step counts can be good for your health, too.
We want to help older people who might not be walking much. Instead of going from 0 steps to 10,000 steps, we aim to get them to 2,000 or 3,000 steps a day. A simple way to start is walking for about 10 minutes daily until it becomes a habit.
The study found that every step you take matters. Adding just 1,000 steps to your daily routine, about 10 minutes of walking, can make a big difference in your health. So, it's a good idea for everyone to consider adding a short walk to their day.
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