7,000 daily steps are enough to support health, claims study

Exercise is one of the best ways to keep the body fit and healthy. But the quantity, time, or can be said the number up to which specific practices need to be done is a very important aspect.

Mainly walking the 10,000 daily steps seems to be enough to keep health on track. But there are some studies and researches claiming that walking more steps continuously every day reduces the risk of early deaths and it is not important where you made those steps, thus there is no need for a specific place.

An experiment was started back in 2005. It included people having an average age of just over 45. They wore an accelerometer which basically kept its view on their daily steps count and the intensity of steps when they walked. Participants also followed up at regular intervals in the years up until 2018, and by that point 75 of the original group had died.

Researchers can’t figure out definite conclusions about which type of walking supported health but are able to identify connections between levels of activity and health outcomes in the cohort overall.

The important thing researchers found is that if a person walks at least 7,000 steps per day then the risk of early death is reduced by 50-70 percent compared to those having an average of fewer than 7,000 daily steps in.

Results mainly confirmed what we assumed earlier about health benefits but the 7,000 limit of walking steps is obviously much easier than 10,000 steps for people who are not able to walk that much.

Paluch told HealthDay News,

“Steps per day is simple and easy to monitor but obviously getting more steps per day may be a good way of promoting health. 7,000 steps is a good goal for many who are not currently able to achieve this”.

But still, 7,000 can’t be said as magic or the final number. As per physical activity researcher Nicole Spartano from Boston University, in the upcoming time there will be more discussion about how many steps per day will be enough and the new generation accelerometer will provide better information as they were not available in 2005.

Spartano writes in an expert commentary,

“The extent to which steps measured on activity earlier monitors compare with steps measured by common consumer devices, including smartwatches, pedometers, and smartphone applications is not clear.”

“But in few years there will be a lot of articles related to step count as many other large cohort studies have completed accelerometry measurement using a wide variety of research-grade accelerometer devices with 10 years of follow-up or more.”


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