Why walking speed is more important than taking 10,000 steps a day


The Independent published this article:

According to new research, your walking speed is just as important as the number of steps you take in a day.

Walking 10,000 steps a day has long been linked to a reduced risk of dementia, heart disease, cancer and death.

But experts have now found that a faster pace, like brisk walking, has benefits beyond the number of steps recorded.

“The take-home message here is that for protective health benefits, people could not only ideally aim for 10,000 steps per day, but also aim to walk faster,” said co-lead author Dr Matthew Ahmadi, a researcher at the Charles Perkins Center at the University of Sydney. and Faculty of Medicine and Health, said.

However, people who are less active may also experience health benefits.

Associate Professor Borja del Pozo Cruz from the University of Southern Denmark, who is also a senior health researcher at the University of Cadiz, said: “For less active people, our study also demonstrates that as little as 3 800 steps a day can reduce the risk of dementia by 25 percent.

According to research, every 2,000 steps taken gradually reduces the risk of premature death by 8-11%, up to approximately 10,000 steps per day.

Similar links were observed for cardiovascular disease and cancer incidence.

A higher number of steps per day was associated with a lower risk of dementia from all causes.

Walking 9,800 steps was the optimal daily amount linked to a 50% reduced risk of dementia, but the risk was reduced by 25% starting at 3,800 steps.

A faster pace has also shown positive results for heart disease, cancer, dementia and death, beyond the total number of daily steps taken.

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