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How many steps a day do we need to live longer?

Actualizado: 28 mar 2022

From home to work, from work to home. That is the story of millions of workers. Many of us have office jobs, difficult to reconcile with the necessary physical activity that we should have daily. The lack of physical activity is linked to cardiovascular diseases and its consequent increase in the mortality rate. In the quest to try to control the physical activity that we do daily, step counters have been of great help to objectify how much we move.

From the factory, most step counters have the 10,000 step metric built-in as a daily goal. Where does this value come from? Is it really necessary to take 10,000 steps a day? Based on a review of 16,741 women with a mean age of 72, and steps taken daily, we seem to need considerably less. The greater the number of steps, the lower mortality, a relationship that is maintained up to approximately 7,500 steps.

For the next one, you know. Do not pay attention to the 10,000, but start by making 7,500


Lee I, Shiroma EJ, Kamada M, Bassett DR, Matthews CE, Buring JE. Association of Step Volume and Intensity With All-Cause Mortality in Older Women. JAMA Intern Med. Published online May 29, 2019179(8):1105–1112. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.0899

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