Here’s Why You Need to Walk More than 10,000 Steps Per Day
The key to this insight lies in Scottish postal workers
If you’re obsessive over making sure you get to 10,000 steps each day, prepare to get 5,000 steps more obsessive.
10,000 steps has become a ubiquitous goal for activity device users, but it hasn’t been scientifically vetted, according to the New York Times. That’s why we should embrace a new study from the International Journal of Obesity, which builds upon the famous study of bus drivers and conductors that provided some of the first evidence that physical activity helps prevent heart disease.
Researchers at the University of Warwick in England studied mail carriers in Glasgow, Scotland, who generally cover their routes by walking instead of driving. These employees who walked for several hours a day were compared with their peers in the mail offices, who remained in seats for most of the day.
Those who spent most of the day sitting were found to have bigger waistlines, higher body mass indexes, and worse blood sugar and cholesterol than their more ambulatory co-workers. Every hour beyond five that an employee spent sitting was found to add two-tenths of a percent to their likelihood of developing heart disease.
For those on the stroll, approximately 15,000 steps was connected to normal body mass indexes and other metabolic profiles. In other words, those who hit this number had no higher risk of heart disease.
If 15,000 steps sounds daunting, the New York Times has a suggestion from Dr. William Tigbe, a physician who led the study, to make it happen easily: walk 30 minutes before work, another 30 during lunch, and do a few 10-minute stretches during the day.