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June 16, 2020
Walking is relatively easy and it is key to your good health. The American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps a day (about five miles of walking).
Does that sound like a lot? It might actually not be necessary to walk that far.
Heart health is important. The American Heart Association focuses on reducing factors known to increase risk for heart disease and stroke.
They recommend the simple 7:
You might have noticed that moving more — getting the recommended 10,000 steps a day — will actually help you achieve all of the guidelines.
Maybe. But, maybe not.
Research has found that that mortality rates do decrease with an increase in the number of steps you take, but the benefits level off at approximately 7500 steps.
And, increasing daily physical activity by as little as 2,000 steps—less than a mile of walking—was associated with positive health outcomes
It turns out that the origins of the 10,000 step rule are murky. A Harvard University professor discovered that it was first suggested as part of a marketing campaign for a Japanese manufacturer of pedometers.
Researchers at the University of Missouri persuaded healthy, active adults to stop moving around so much. The volunteers cut the number of steps they took each day by at least half.
The researchers then watched the impact to glucose levels and a number of other metrics related to a person’s health. The decline in health happeneed immediately. Within the first day, of inactivity, teh volunteers’ blood sugar levels spiked significantly after meals and the levels climbed with each subsequent day of inactivity.
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