Sumary of How 7,000 Steps a Day Can Reduce Your Risk of Early Death:
- Zbynek Pospisil/Getty ImagesResearchers say walking 7,000 steps a day can lower your risk of death by 50 percent to 70 percent.
- Participants in the low step group compared with the moderate and high step volume groups had:higher BMI lower self-rated healthhigher prevalence of stage 2 hypertension and diabetesIt’s important to note that the stress of enduring racism and racist systems may play a part in this type of data.
- “Sometimes people may be discouraged by high exercise goals — 10,000 steps could seem unattainable, in which case people may say, ‘Well it’s not even worth trying,’” said Dr. Michael Tiso, an internal medicine and sports medicine physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
- “It’s also good to remember that one research study rarely changes overall guidelines,” Tiso said.
- “Generally it’s best to follow public health guidelines when making health decisions, or to consult with your doctor for more specific questions based on your personal health conditions,” he said.
- Following the guidelines means paying attention to pace and how often you’re getting your heart rate up.
- The recommended physical activity guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) include:Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as walking).