An analysis carried out by health specialists determined that achieving a certain number of steps per day can have a great impact on the body’s well-being. A good nutrition must be complemented with physical activity to have positive results in the health.
Niels A. Stensof the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, Netherlandsled a meta-analysis with several colleagues that aimed to quantify the dose-response associations among step count metrics objectively measured in the general population.
Walking benefits cardiovascular health, study finds
The analysis that included 111,309 individuals and 12 studies, determined that the number of steps you take daily has a direct impact on the cardiovascular system. Walking is a form of cardiovascular exercise that strengthens the heart, improves blood circulation and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
The benefits of exercise to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) can be reflected with just 2,600 steps a dayaccording to a publication in the health magazine of the College of Cardiology. The result of this study means a important advance in preventive medicine.
The research showed a direct correlation between the increase in daily steps and the decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Having as reference 2,000 steps/daywith 2,517 steps daily they registered the drop for the mortality for all causes and 2,735 steps daily for incident cardiovascular disease. No variable was found in the result linked to the sex of the person.
The researchers found a pronounced decrease in risk of hip-worn accelerometers versus pedometers and wrist-based accelerometers. Additionally, studies have suggested that performing this physical activity on a regular basis may be associated with a longer life expectancy.
The positive impact of walking
Weight control: Walking regularly can help you maintain a healthy weight or lose weight, depending on the intensity and duration of the exercise.
Muscle strengthening: Although it is a low-impact exercise, walking can tone and strengthen the muscles in your legs and buttocks.
Mood improvement: Physical activity, including walking, stimulates the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters that can improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
- Improved mental health: In addition to reducing stress, walking can improve concentration, memory, and sleep quality.
Blood sugar regulation: Walking can help control blood glucose levels, which is beneficial for people with diabetes or at risk of developing the disease.
Bone strengthening: The mild impact of walking helps strengthen bones and may help prevent bone density loss.
Increased energy: Although it may sound paradoxical, regular physical activity, such as walking, can increase energy levels and reduce fatigue.
Improved lung health: Walking encourages deeper breathing and helps improve lung capacity.
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