Scientists have debunked the myth of “ten thousand steps a day.
For many decades, there has been a belief that in order to maintain health, you should take daily walks with a “volume” of at least 10,000 steps. But where did this figure 10,000 come from?
According to the results of a dozen and a half studies involving thousands of people around the world, scientists have come to the conclusion that this “norm” is not only outdated, but also overestimated by almost half. Depending on the age, it is quite possible to limit yourself to 6000 steps.
In the process of evolution, a person has formed a physiological need for movement. This is primarily necessary to maintain normal metabolism, the state of the cardiovascular system, muscles, bones, and even mental health. Even small but regular walks prolong life and improve well-being.
Last year, a team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts, led by epidemiologist Amanda Paluch, published the results of studies involving more than 2,000 middle-aged Americans. They showed that walking at least 7000 steps daily reduces the risk of premature death by 50-70%.
For people aged 60 and older, the daily rate of walking is 6-8 thousand steps. By increasing it, a person additionally receives a number of health-improving “bonuses” in addition to reducing the likelihood of dying prematurely.
As for the youth, they can not limit themselves to 10,000 steps. However, there is no data yet that this is guaranteed to prolong life in the future.
According to Palukh, the research results prove the need to move more, especially for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Daily 30-minute activity, even in old age, will help to maintain normal brain activity, and the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems – in a “working” state.