Many people think that it takes 10 thousand steps per day to live a long life. However, studies find otherwise.
A study conducted by researchers at Massachusetts Amherst University concluded that 10 thousand steps is not the key to longevity. So, how many steps are needed?
According to Very Well Health, researchers conducted a study to explore the impact of the number of daily steps on health.
As a result, the study found that men and women aged 38-50 years who took 7 thousand steps per day had a lower risk of premature death than participants who did not reach 7 thousand steps.
Meanwhile, for people who achieved 10 thousand steps or more, no additional losses or benefits were documented.
“We show that taking at least 7,000 steps per day is associated with a 50-70 percent lower risk of premature death,” said lead researcher Amanda Paluch.
In this study, the researchers used data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study which began in 1985.
The researchers looked at about 2,110 participants wearing accelerometers, a device for tracking movement and footsteps. The tool was used for seven consecutive days while they were awake.
Participants undergo routine examinations every year. The data was then analyzed in 2021.
As a result, as many as 7 thousand steps per day are considered sufficient to increase the chances of a long life.