Already 7,000 steps a day reduces the risk of death


Walking is known to be healthy and many measure their daily steps with a smart watch, for example. But how much then is it really worth to walk?

In sports applications, the typical goal of the day is usually 10,000 steps. The reading is inherited About a 1960s Japanese pedometer.

Even less might be enough, hints 13 years US research. According to it, the relevant limit for the risk of death was 7,000 steps per day.

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Researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amanda Paluchin led by the study followed the daily movements of more than 2,000 middle-aged Americans between 2005 and 2018.

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The age distribution of the subjects was 38–50 years at the start of the study and they lived in four cities across the United States. The study monitored the number and pace of steps at regular intervals in people’s daily lives. When the follow-up ended in 2018, 72 of the participants had died.

The amount of daily exercise affected the risk of death for people. Those who walked more than 7,000 steps a day had a 50–70% lower risk of death than those who walked less than 7,000 steps a day.

In contrast, the vigor of the steps — the intensity — was not found to affect the risk of death. So it didn’t matter if you took the steps while running or walking, nor did it matter whether you had to follow the steps in one go or gradually.

The benefit of walking also did not increase, although the number of steps increased. The study found no health benefits of exceeding 10,000 steps daily.

The main result of the study concerns those whose mobility is limited on a daily basis.

“7,000 steps a day would probably be a great target for many who currently can’t reach that number,” Paluchi estimates Health Day Newsin in an interview.

The study was published in a scientific journal Jama Network Open.


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