Is it really necessary to walk 10,000 steps every day to stay fit and healthy? While it’s often mentioned as a kind of magic number, this figure is not completely based on scientific data.
Researchers have studied the question and defined the ideal number of steps to take every day, depending on your age. It’s an example of a kind of marketing notion that became ultra commonplace the idea that each person should take 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy.
Although widely believed and bandied about, this figure isn’t exactly what the authorities in the matter prescribe. The World Health Organization prefers to recommend the amount of time spent doing physical activity every week, namely between two and a half and five hours of moderate endurance, for people aged 18 to 64 years.
To carry out their research, the scientists analyzed the results of 15 studies, carried out throughout the world, specifying the effects of walking on health. In this meta-analysis, 47,000 participants were divided into four categories. Those who walked 3,500 steps per day, those who walked 5,800 steps per day, those who walked 7,800 steps, and the last category who counted 10,900 steps per day.
The results? Up to age 60, walking between 8,000 and 10,000 steps per day is associated with “a progressively decreasing risk of mortality.” For people over 60, 6,000 to 8,000 steps are sufficient. To feel the effects, you don’t need to walk at a very quick pace.
The researchers point out that physical activity can help fight chronic diseases as well as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and several cancers. “Monitoring daily steps is more feasible than ever for the general public as fitness trackers and mobile devices have become increasingly popular,”.