About the benefits of 10 thousand steps, which, in order to preserve health, must be done daily, surely everyone has heard. With the advent of gadgets leading the counting steps, this theory has become even more popular. But, as it turned out, this fact, which many considered scientific, is nothing more than a myth. This found the WHO experts in the course of serious scientific research.
Experimentally, scientists have found that the real benefits bring not steps, but daily 20-minute physical activity, and moderate. This may be running, walking, gymnastic exercises, mobile work and any other actions. The main condition for efficiency is the continuity of such a load.
It must be said that four 5-minute walks with quick steps during the day are not at all equivalent to one, but 20-minute. Considering the physical abilities of a person, it is almost impossible to walk 10 thousand steps in twenty minutes, therefore the statement about such a need for health does not stand up to criticism.
Where did this figure come from, which many lovers of an active lifestyle took as a basis? It turns out that the myth of 10 thousand steps originated in Japan back in the 1960s. The name of the author of this statement, as well as whether it is confirmed by any research, remains a mystery. European experts suggest that the appearance of the history of the steps is directly related to the invention of compact pedometers — the cunning marketers had to give people a reason to buy these devices.
Nowadays, scientists from the European Union have established that in order to significantly reduce the risk of occurrence of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, it is enough to take 5-6 thousand steps a day. This, quite moderate physical activity, according to available scientific data, also reduces the likelihood of oncological diseases.
Studies by European scientists have found full support overseas. At a meeting of the American Association for Health Promotion, Dr. Greg Hager said that 10 thousand steps cannot be the standard, since different people have different needs for physical activity.
In this regard, you can safely stop focusing on the data of the pedometer and begin to take care of your health and form, doing moderate exercise from 20 minutes a day. At the same time, no doubt, it is better to rely on scientific facts, and not on myths that were born in the middle of the last century.