According to many leading health experts, there is no need to walk 10,000 steps every day. Experts emphasized that this is a common misconception, as evidenced by numerous studies.
“The number of steps a person takes in a day is not a perfect benchmark or accurate measure of physical health. In fact, the concept of taking at least 10,000 steps a day for good health is a product of marketing, not research. [It appeared] when a Japanese company released a new pedometer with the slogan “Walk 10,000 steps a day,” said surgeon Kenneth P. Moritsugu.
According to a study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard University, in order to increase life expectancy, it is enough to take 4,400 steps a day. At the same time, the risk of premature death continued to decline as their number increased, but stabilized at about 7,500 steps per day. It is imperative that walks are complemented by more vigorous exercise, the researchers said.
However, according to the scientific work published in Scientific Reports, one should focus on time spent in nature, and not on the distance traveled, writes The Wall Street Journal. For example, walking in the woods, which the Japanese call "forest baths," have been found to be closely associated with lowering blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormones, as well as anxiety, depression and fatigue. " According to scientists, in this study, 20,000 people “reported good health and wellness when they spent at least 120 minutes a week in nature. Everything that was below this mark did not matter for health.
To achieve longevity, doctors also recommend changing some habits and starting a healthy lifestyle. They noticed that a certain type of physical activity can protect the body from diseases, thus affecting life expectancy.