A new study reports that walking daily is one of the easiest ways to improve health and fitness. The study further recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week.
The findings of the research were presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Conference 2021. The virtual meeting offered the latest science on population-based health and wellness and implications for lifestyle.
The study says that taking more steps per day, especially in a work-from-home lifestyle, is of utmost importance. The physical activity, either all at once or in short spurts over the day, may help one live longer.
It is recommended that people download a fitness app or use a device that can help monitor tier physical activity like number of steps per day, calories burnt, etc. This may help one maintain a daily log of their activity and improve their overall fitness.
“Technological advances made in recent decades have allowed researchers to measure short spurts of activity. Whereas, in the past we were limited to only measuring activities people could recall on a questionnaire,” said lead study author Christopher C. Moore, M.S., a PhD student in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “With the help of wearable devices, more research is indicating that any type of movement is better than remaining sedentary.”
The study conducted on non-Hispanic white women over the age of 60 showed that a 32% decrease in death was noted in participants who took more than 2,000 steps daily in uninterrupted bouts.
“Older adults face many barriers to participating in structured exercise programs, so some may find it more convenient and enjoyable to increase everyday walking behaviours, like parking slightly further from their destination or doing some extra housework or yardwork,” Moore said.