Some recent studies have found risk factors for premature death such as reduced cardiorespiratory fitness, obesity, smoking, diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disease, and others. Out of each of these, poor CRS appears to be the leading risk factor for premature death. Today, we will be looking at the question: does walking help with CRS? And, If this is true, how many steps do we need to really live a longer life?
Researchers have been saying that you need around 10,000 steps per day to live a long life. But, we have been finding that there is not much research to support this claim. So, researchers conducted some studies. The 2019 study looked at how many steps a group of 18,000 elderly females took over seven days. Then, they compared the data with their health outcomes for years later. Researchers found a reduced mortality risk with more steps taken per day, up until around 7500 steps per day. Those averaging 8400 steps per day were 50% less likely to die during the study.
A separate study involved for thousand 840 middle-aged adults. Researchers compare daily step count data from 2003 to 2006 with individuals’ health outcomes a decade later. They did identify a connection between steps taken per day and reduced risk for premature death.
Both studies did not find evidence that fast or slow walking speed plays a role in mortality risk. But, a few studies have linked to a faster walking speed with better cognitive health and an overall lessened risk for disability. A 13 year study compared members of a running club with those who did not run. Researchers found that the individuals who ran were less likely to experience premature death or physical impairments.
All of the studies concluded that moving your body and walking can most certainly improve your CRS and reduce the risk of premature death. Staying active will also help you enjoy life more. Some other ways to prolong life include avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, not smoking, maintaining healthy weight, building muscle mass, and eating a healthy, balanced diet.
We are here for you to answer any more questions you may have. Happy walking!