Many of us follow our footsteps with intelligent watches, pedometers, or phone applications and, of course, are thrilled when we reach this most important daily 10,000-mile goal. With the app I use, green confetti slides down the screen as a greeting. The app also records "hits," which cause me to see how often I can run a week-long stretch of more than 10,000 feet a day. Answer: seldom.
There is debate about the accuracy of some step meters and it is obvious that they are a stupid instrument in terms of measurement. If you sprint, your score is not higher than if you are, but there is a real difference in fitness benefits. However, they give a rough guide on how active you were.
If you count steps, the importance of your goal is important. Most tracking devices are set to 1
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What Your Walkthrough Says For You
The magical number "10,000" dates back to a marketing campaign held just before the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. A company began to sell a pedometer called Manpo-kei: "Man "Which means 10,000," po "means steps and" kei "means a meter. He was extremely successful and the number seems to be stuck.
Since then, studies have compared the health benefits of 5000 to 10,000 steps, and it is not surprising that the greater the number is better. But until recently, all the numbers between them have not been studied. Even now they are not thoroughly tested on the general adult population. A new study by I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and her team focuses on a group of over 16,000 women in the 1970s, comparing the number of steps taken each day with the probability of dying from a cause – known as mortality for all causes. Each woman spent a week, wearing a device for measuring movement in hours of wakefulness. Then the researchers waited.
When women followed an average of four years and three months later, 504 died. How many steps do you think the survivors have done? Was that the magic 10,000 steps a day?
In fact, the average survival rate was only 5,500 – and gradual gains in steps were important. Women who made more than 4000 steps a day were significantly more likely to stay alive than those who made only 2700 steps. Surprisingly, such a small difference can have consequences for something as critical as longevity.
By this logic you can guess the more steps you take, the better. For a number of steps, that was true – but only up to 7500 steps a day, after which the benefits then paid.
Of course, one drawback of this study is that we can not be sure the steps preceded the disease that killed them. Researchers included only women who were fit enough to walk away from home and asked people to appreciate their own health, but perhaps there were some participants who were good enough to walk but were not well enough to walk very far. In other words, they walked less, because they were already ill-treated, and the steps themselves did not make any difference.
But for this age group, this study suggests that perhaps 7,500 are sufficient – although additional steps may provide additional protection against specific conditions. The higher the number of steps can also be an indicator for women who have generally been more active throughout their lives and this has helped them live longer. For this reason, it is difficult to tell the exact health benefits themselves by additional steps.
Then the question arises about the optimal number of steps in the psychological plan. The goal of 10,000 may seem like a high goal to achieve every single day, which can tempt you not to worry. The constant failure to achieve your goal day after day is inspiring. In a study of British teenagers, initially, 13-year-olds and 14-year-olds enjoyed the novelty of being targeted, but soon realized how difficult it was to maintain and complained that this was not fair.
I & # 39; I made my own psychological experiment on myself by changing my default application to 9000 steps. I find myself doing the other thousand home walks when I do not wear my phone, but in fact I just want to encourage myself by doing more often.
Increase the number of steps of the most sedentary, the lower goal may be better psychological. But even then, counting the steps of any risk is robbing us of the inherent pleasure of walking. Jordan Ethkin, a psychiatrist from Duke University in the US, found that people who follow their steps go farther, but they like less, saying it feels like a job. When they were valued at the end of the day, their happiness levels were lower than those who went without tracing their footsteps.
The number of steps can be counterproductive and for the best – signaling that they have to stop after they've done reached the magical 10,000 instead of mounting, say, more.
What can we conclude from all this? Count the number if you find it motivates you, but remember that there is nothing special in 10,000 steps. Put the goal that's right for you. There may be more, it may be less – or it can completely discard your tracker.
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