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Scientists have rehabilitated 10,000 walking steps a day, and also stated the importance of pace
13 September, 22:46
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Scientists have rehabilitated 10,000 walking steps a day, and also stated the importance of pace
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A new large-scale study has shown that walking is very good for health, especially if it is brisk walking.

Scientists from Australia and Denmark published in the journals JAMA Internal Medicine and JAMA Neurology the results of studies that showed that 10,000 steps a day is the optimal indicator that helps reduce the risk of a variety of diseases and premature death. At the same time, a faster pace of walking brings even more benefits, according to medicalXpress.

These results come after the largest study to date, in which scientists analyzed the relationship between the number of steps and health. The participants in the experiment were 78,500 adults in the UK: from 2013 to 2015 they wore trackers, and seven years later, researchers studied their health status. Here are some conclusions.

  • Walking 10,000 steps a day can reduce your risk of dementia by about 50%, and heart disease and cancer by 30-40%.
  • Walking at a brisk pace has additional benefits: it reduces the risk of dementia, heart disease, cancer, and premature death.
  • Every 2000 steps reduce the risk of premature death by 8-11%. 10,000 steps a day is a plateau, after which this pattern stops working.
  • The more steps a person walks, the lower the risk of developing dementia. At the same time, already 3800 steps reduce the risk by 25%.

For years, scientists have debated how many steps we should take to stay healthy. Most studies give numbers between 7,000 and 10,000 steps. It is known that at higher rates, the return gradually levels off or reaches a plateau. That is, the first 5000 steps bring much more benefit than the next 5000 and so on. There is no one size fits all, but 10,000 steps is a reasonable goal for most. However, the faster walking, the more useful it is: the intensity of walking is positively associated with all outcomes from dementia and heart disease to cancer and premature death.