Why walking 10,000 steps a day is not enough

Why walking 10,000 steps a day is not enough
Walking every day is good. But pace matters just as much, if not more. ©Adobe stock

Thanks to an application on the smartphone or a connected watch, you can check if you are taking the recommended 10,000 daily steps. Do you really have to walk that much? Why is this criteria alone insufficient?

10,000 steps to stay in shape

walk every day helps you stay in shape and control your weight. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum of 10,000 daily steps to maintain health. Indeed, walking these 10,000 daily steps allows you to reduce of :

  • 50% risk of dementia,
  • 30% risk of cancer,
  • 75% risk of heart disease.

Walking a little is also beneficial

If you don’t walk as much, your health is not in danger. “For some people, this digit [10 000] might be unrealisticsaid Del Pozo Cruz, one of the authors of a study published in JAMA internal medicine. “The important thing is that every step counts. Go ahead and do it, because anything is better than nothing.” The results thus showed that every 2000 steps traveled reduced the risk of death 8 to 11% premature.

Walking is fine; walking fast is better

The study pinpointed the effectiveness of the fast walk. “The speed at which you walk is also important, otherwise most importantthat the duration of your march,” he added Del Pozo Cruz. Instead, doctors recommend doing 30 minutes of activity physical refractory every day to take care of his heart and mental health.

Source: JAMA

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