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We’ve all heard that “10,000 steps a day” is the golden rule for good health, but a groundbreaking study is challenging that notion. The research, which included data from a staggering 230,000 individuals worldwide, suggests that the number of steps needed to experience significant health benefits may be much lower.
According to the study, walking approximately 4,000 steps per day can lead to a reduction in the risk of mortality from any cause. This finding is promising news for those who may have felt discouraged by the daunting 10,000-step target, especially in the face of busy work schedules.
However, it’s important to note that the more you walk, the better the health benefits. The study found that the most significant reduction in mortality occurred for those who exceeded 6,000 to 7,000 steps per day. This means that incremental increases in daily steps, whether it’s 1,000 or even 500 additional steps, can contribute to lower mortality rates.
Breaking up your walking throughout the day can not only help you to reach your movement goals, but can also be a valuable tool for self-regulation. Taking frequent self-regulation micro-breaks for movement can help you stay alert and focused throughout the day, not to mention help you improve your health in a tremendous way. Check out this video by Sherry on self-regulation micro-breaks!