Sumary of 10,000 steps a day? A few thousand less may do a lot of good too, study finds:
- Results showed that people appeared to gain more health benefits the more steps they took, with the greatest statistically significant reduction in mortality risk occurring between 7,000 and 10,000 steps, Paluch said.
- “So really, what we’re seeing is there’s an incremental risk reduction in mortality up to a certain point,” Paluch said.
- ”Paluch said the new findings are in line with other research also suggesting significant health benefits below the often-cited 10,000-step mark — which was never actually an evidence-based magical number but rather a marketing tool for a Japanese pedometer that came out in the 1960s.
- Dr. William Kraus, a professor of medicine at Duke University, was a member of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee that developed the current exercise guidelines for Americans, which are based on minutes of activity per week.
- He said he would like to see guidelines that include recommended daily steps.
- Helping with weight lossWhen the 2018 guidelines were developed, the advisory committee didn’t have enough data to endorse an actual step-count range, Kraus said, but as more studies like the new one come out, that may allow public health officials to make specific step-count recommendations in the future.
- ”Kraus said a range of 7,000 to 13,000 daily steps fits in with the federal guidelines, which say that to gain substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 to 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, or 75 to 150 minutes a week of vigorous physical activity, or an equivalent combination.
- People who sit a lot and therefore don’t accrue many steps in daily life likely need to work harder to fit in enough activity, Kraus said.