Another study confirming the benefits of walking was released this week. The researchers found that walking further and faster is more beneficial for your health.
Who would have thought?
Dubbed a “new study” by mainstream journalists, the latest research published by the University of Sydney and the University of Southern Denmark correlates with several previous studies.
CCN reported that walking at least 10,000 steps a day was the peak performance and could help you to live longer. Previously, the 10,000 steps a day target had been brushed off as a myth given it origins as a marketing ploy for a Japanese watch company.
One study published last year on the JAMA Network found that taking people that take at least 7000 steps a day have a 50% to 70% lower risk of mortality than people that take less than 7000 steps a day.
Another 2019 study on women, this time coming out of Harvard, claims that 7,500 steps delivered the highest level of health benefits. Researchers found that 7500 gives you the same benefits as 10,000 steps.
But it’s not only the distance you walk, but it’s also the speed you walk at says the “new study” – confirming what earlier studies have already highlighted.
Earlier this year, researchers at Leicester University showed that brisk walking can help to keep your biological age younger than your physical age – thus extending your lifespan.
A 2011 study, showed that walking just one hour a day can is enough to extend life expectancy by 1.38 years in men and 1.16 years in women. And a 2015 study suggests that walking for 25 minutes a day can give you an extra seven years.
When new studies confirm older studies, the data must be right. Walking is good for your health. And to make sure you’re hitting your walking targets, download the sweatcoin app to count your steps – and convert them into digital currency.