Scientists disproved the myth of “ten thousand steps a day”

Scientists disproved the myth of "ten thousand steps a day"

For many decades there has been a popular belief that in order to stay healthy, you should walk at least 10,000 steps every day. But where did this 10,000 figure come from?

According to the results of a half dozen studies involving thousands of people around the world, scientists have come to the conclusion that this “norm” is not only outdated, but also overstated by almost half. Depending on the age, it is quite possible to be limited to 6,000 steps.

In the process of evolution, humans have developed a physiological need for movement. This is primarily necessary to maintain a 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 University of Massachusetts scientists led by epidemiologist Amanda Paluch published the results of studies involving more than 2,000 middle-aged Americans. They showed that walking at least 7,000 steps every day reduces the risk of premature death by 50-70%.

For people aged 60 years and older, the daily rate of walking is 6-8 thousand steps. By increasing it, a person additionally gets a number of health “bonuses” in addition to reducing the probability of dying before their time.

As for young people, they may not limit themselves to 10,000 steps. However, so far there is no data that in the future it is guaranteed to prolong life.

According to A. Palukh, the results of research prove the need to move more, especially for people with sedentary lifestyles. Daily 30-minute activity even in old age will help to keep normal brain activity, and cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems – in “working” state.

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