A recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology highlights the benefits of getting a "good stretch of the legs" on a daily basis.
The meta-analysis study revealed that a 1000-step increment a day resulted in a 15% reduction in all-cause mortality risk, and a 500-step increase decreased cardiovascular death risk by 7%.
With the increase in the number of people living a sedentary lifestyle, which in turn, leads to an increase in risk of all-cause mortality, patients are asking their doctors what the number of steps they should be taking daily to achieve maximum health benefits.
Researchers were looking at the relationship between step count and cardiovascuar mortality as well as all-cause mortality. Seventeen cohort studies were reviewed, including 226,889 overall healthy patients or patients who were at cardiovascular risk. Women made up 48.9% of the study and the average age of the participants was 64.4. Researchers followed up with them over an average time of a little over 7 years.
Notable findings of the study included a 48% lower risk for all-cause mortality for those who walked 5,537 steps a day, a 55/5 reduction for those who walked 7,370 steps a day and a 67% reduction for those who walked 11.529 steps a day.
The bottom line of the research results is that the more steps a person can get in on a daily basis, the better. The daily step goal should be between