Worldsfeed Health Desk:
How Many Steps Should You Take Every Day?
We often hear that 10,000 steps a day is the ideal target for staying healthy. But why exactly is this number recommended, and is it accurate?
Lindsay Bottoms, an expert in exercise and health at the University of Hertfordshire, explains that increasing your daily steps through walking has numerous health benefits. These include better heart health, weight management, improved mood, better sleep, and even enhanced thinking abilities. Walking can also lower the risk of chronic illnesses like dementia and certain cancers. In some cases, it can help manage conditions like type 2 diabetes.
Any kind of exercise, including walking, is good for our immune system and mental well-being. The great thing about walking is that it’s easy, accessible, and suitable for all ages.
A recent study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that walking just 3,967 steps a day lowers the risk of dying from any cause. Even walking 2,337 steps a day reduces the risk of dying from heart disease. Another study in JAMA Neurology in 2019 discovered that taking around 8,900 steps a day seems to slow down cognitive decline and brain volume loss in people at high risk. So, while 10,000 steps is a common goal, even a bit less can still have significant health benefits!