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10,000 steps a day, really? It depends on the age

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Did you know that the “10,000 steps per day” injunction comes from a Japanese advertising campaign for a pedometer during the Tokyo Olympics? A team has studied the exact number of steps needed per day to maintain good health and increase life expectancy. It turns out that it depends on the age. You may also be interested
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A meta-analysis on more than 45,000 subjects

The authors carried out a meta-analysis of 15 publications on the link between the number of steps per day and all-cause mortality in individuals over 18 years of age. A meta-analysis is a statistical method that allows the synthesis of data from independent studies. The work brought together 47,471 subjects. Of these, 3,013 died during the study period. The follow-up period was over seven years. The participants were grouped into four groups, each comprising 25% of the participants (quartiles). In each group, the median number of steps was:

  • group 1: 3,553 steps per day;
  • group 2: 5,801 steps per day;
  • group 3: 7,842 steps per day;
  • group 4: 10,901 steps per day.
  • For information, the median is the midpoint of a dataset. That is to say that in group 1, there were as many people who walked less than 3,553 steps per day as people who walked more than 3,553 steps per day.

    Different results according to age

    Statistical analysis of the results showed that the number of steps needed to obtain a protective effect on health and life expectancy was different before and after 60 years.

    “The ideal would be to walk 6,000 to 8,000 steps per day for those over 60 and 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day for those under 60.

    The ideal would be to walk 6,000 to 8,000 steps per day for those over 60 and 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day for those under 60. Even more interesting, the effect is dose-dependent! The more we walk, the more we increase our life expectancy. On the other hand, for the over 60s for example, from 8,000 steps per day, there is no longer any additional gain in organic matter, nitrogenous matter, etc.
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