Following a new research from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health at Gillings, taking more steps a day, all at once or in a shorter way, can help you live longer.
The findings were presented on May 20 during the American Heart Association’s 2021 Conference on Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle, and Cardiometabolic Health. to the lifestyle.
The research is based on an experiment in which 16,732 participants in the Women’s Health Study, a national study focused on disease prevention, carried an accelerometer, a device that captures movement, for four to seven days between 2011 and 2015. Women everywhere were 60 years old and were mostly non-Hispanic white women.
The researchers classified the total number of steps each woman took into two groups: those taken during episodes of ten or more minutes with few interruptions; and those who take brief pressures to walk during routine daily activities, such as household chores, climbing stairs, or walking to or from a car.
“Technological advances made in recent decades have allowed researchers to measure short periods of activity. In the past, we limited ourselves to measuring only the activities that people could remember in a questionnaire, ”said study lead author Christopher C. Moore, a doctoral student in epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public “With the help of portable devices, more research indicates that any type of movement is better than staying sedentary.”
During the follow-up, investigators tracked deaths from any cause for an average of six years until December 31, 2019.
The researchers found:
- Overall, there were 804 deaths throughout the 2011-2019 study period.
- Study participants who took more steps in short outbreaks lived longer, regardless of the number of steps they had in longer, uninterrupted fights. Profits were reduced to about 4,500 steps a day in short savings.
- Compared with no daily steps, each initial increase of 1,000 steps per day was associated with a 28% decrease in death during the follow-up period.
- A 32% decrease in death was observed in participants who took more than 2,000 daily steps in uninterrupted attacks.
A previous analysis of the women themselves reported that people taking 4,500 steps a day had a significantly lower risk of death compared to less active women.
“Our current results indicate that this finding is valid even for women who did not participate in uninterrupted episodes of walking. Taking an additional 2,000 or more steps during combat was associated with other benefits for longevity,” he said. said Moore.
“Older adults face many barriers to participating in structured exercise programs, so some may find it more comfortable and enjoyable to increase daily walking behaviors, such as parking a little further away from their destination or doing household chores. or yard work, ”he added.
Walking is one of the safest and easiest ways to improve fitness and health, including heart health. The American Heart Association’s adult fitness guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes, or a combination of both.
Because all study participants were older and most were white, more research is needed to determine whether the results apply to men, younger women, and people from various racial and ethnic groups.