Although the 10,000-step-per-day exercise target is commonly touted, recent research reveals that even tracking just 7,000 steps per day may have a significant impact on one’s overall health.
When compared to those who took fewer steps, middle-aged persons who walked at least 7,000 steps a day on average were 50 percent to 70 percent less likely to die from any cause over the following decade, according to a study.
Taking 2,000 steps equals about 1 mile for the typical adult, depending on one’s stride length. According to some estimates, individuals may walk as many as 5,000 steps each day just by going about their normal routines and activities.
However, this does not imply that everyone should set a goal of 7000 from the beginning. According to my personal experience, asking a sedentary individual to increase their daily step count from 800 to 1000 steps to 7000 steps is both unsustainable and almost impossible.
If a person is driven, it may be feasible for them to maintain their new lifestyle for a few days to a few weeks, but more frequently than not, they relapse into their old habits. Being too ambitious will almost always result in failure for the majority of individuals.
7000 steps per day may be the greatest daily step goal, but the road to 7000 steps will be different for everyone. I strongly advise keeping note of your daily sets for a full week before taking the daily average.
If your regular daily average is 1500 steps, your initial goal should be a CONSISTENT daily average of 2000 or 2500 steps. Increase your step count only when you have been used to that number of steps.
Tiny objectives and small accomplishments assist to create confidence, which in turn helps to develop habits that last throughout one’s life.
Additional advantages of taking 7000 steps a day:
- It contributes to increasing your energy levels.
- Relaxes and clears the mind, making it easier to concentrate.
- Provide a feeling of accomplishment and pleasure from everyday stresses and pressures, for example.
- It may make you feel more confident and happier.
- It is quite beneficial for maintaining your weight.
- Improved blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels are supplied.
- Increases the strength of the bones and muscles.
- Reduces the likelihood of having a heart attack or contracting another condition.
- It is beneficial in the treatment of insomnia and eating disorders.
- It has the effect of delaying the aging process.
- Reduces the likelihood of developing diabetes.
- It helps to expedite the digestive process.
- Improves and expands the capacity of the lungs.
All of this, of course, contributes to a more robust immune system.
The researchers discovered that those who walked an average of 7,000 steps per day were less likely to have issues standing, walking, and climbing stairs two years after starting their program.
Every 1,000 more steps taken throughout the course of a day lowered a person’s chance of mobility loss by 16 to 18 percent. The findings of the research were published online on Thursday in the journal Arthritis Care and Research.