27 Nov Counting Steps May Help You Live Longer & Healthier
You may have heard this before: The more steps you take each day is associated with reduced risk of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality. Previous studies indicate the optimal steps may be between 6,000 and 10,000, but those in rehab know there is no “one size fits all” plan. Each person needs to take into account their individual health, lifestyle and abilities.
A new meta-analysis continues to shed more light on step counting. Benefits may begin with a lesser number of steps than previously thought. A new study was done on relatively healthy individuals, and it showed that a lower number of steps (4000) may be associated with a significant reduction of mortality.
Professionals often talk about getting their patients engaged and preventing discouragement by starting slowly and working toward more steps. Every 500 to 1000 step increase might be associated with an additional mortality reduction of 7% to 15%.
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