Do you really have to walk 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy?

The ban on walking 10,000 steps every day to stay fit and healthy is widespread. However, this figure is not based on scientific data. This is why researchers have explored the question and defined the ideal number of steps to take daily depending on a person’s age.

This is one of the most common marketing commands. You should take 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy. Although widespread, this figure is not based on scientific data. The World Health Organization prefers to decide on the amount of physical activity to be done each week, i.e. between 2:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. moderate endurance, for people aged 18 to 64.

“The number of steps per day is a simple measure of physical activity”, specify the researchers who researched the topic. Their results have been published in the journal The Lancet Public Health. To conduct their research, the specialists analyzed the results of 15 studies conducted around the world that specify the effects of walking on health. In this meta-analysis, the 47,000 participants were divided into four categories. Those who take 3,500 steps a day, those who take 5,800 steps a day, and then those who take 7,800 steps. The last category collected 10,900 steps per day.

Results? Up to age 60, it is associated with walking between 8,000 and 10,000 steps per day “with an increasingly lower mortality risk”† For people over 60, 6,000 to 8,000 steps are sufficient. You don’t need to practice walking at a fast pace to feel the effects.

Researchers point out that physical activity can help fight chronic diseases, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and various cancers. “Tracking daily steps is more possible than ever for the general public as fitness trackers and mobile devices become more popular”the researchers add.

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