A simple thing that reduces the risk of early death by 50%

A simple thing that reduces the risk of early death by 50%

Who among us would not want to live longer? And, preferably, a better one. So that in your old age all organs would more or less work, your grandchildren would run around, and your life would be pleasant.

In the U.S., a large-scale study recently concluded just that. For 30 years, doctors tracked the lives of ordinary Americans, who were about 45 years old when this experiment began.

As you can imagine, many of them died during that time. But many also lived to their 75th birthday in pretty good health. So, the scientists investigated what that might have depended on. Scientists analyzed many parameters: diet, physical activity, having a family, income, etc. In the end doctors came to a surprising conclusion:

It turns out that our life expectancy is strongly influenced by one simple factor. You can reduce your risk of early death by 50% if you walk a lot.

Is that all? Well, yes, the American doctors assure us. It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, or what color your skin is. If you walk at least 8,000 steps a day, no heart attack will catch up with you. There is no need to run or hurry at all. A measured walk is good enough.

In general, a healthy range of steps is between 7,000 and 10,000 (depending on your age, the older you are, the less you need). That’s 6 to 8 kilometers. However, it should be done regularly, every day. You don’t have to push yourself too hard, though. If you walk more than 10,000 steps, the effect is still the same.

If we are talking about a minimum, the health effects start at 5,000 steps. That’s only 4 kilometers a day! Or an hour of walking.

It sounds so simple that we even get lost. What kind of walking manufacturer would sponsor this study? Sounds like these are indeed the findings of independent scientists and one would have to think about starting to walk to the subway…

About the benefits of walking

Walking is easy, free, fun, and, as we’ve seen, good for our health.

Walking improves blood circulation. Increased heart rate while walking lowers blood pressure and trains the heart. According to studies, people who walk for 30 minutes daily can reduce their risk of stroke by 20%, and if they walk at a faster pace, their risk will be 40% lower.

Walking can slow and even stop bone loss in people with osteoporosis. A study of postmenopausal women found that 30 minutes of daily walking reduced the risk of hip neck fractures by 40%. Walking constantly keeps the joints in action and improves blood flow, which is especially helpful for people with musculoskeletal disorders.

Studies show that people between the ages of 50 and 60 who exercise regularly are 35 percent less likely to die within the next eight years than peers who forgo physical activity.

Walking also affects our psychological well-being. The more we walk, the better our mood. Walking promotes the production of endorphins, “hormones of joy”, which also have a pain-relieving effect.

Also, if we walk a lot, we sleep better and more soundly, we breathe better and snore less. Walking speeds up the metabolism, reduces the risk of exacerbation of chronic diseases, obesity, helps to fight stress… There are too many advantages of this activity! That’s why you don’t have to stay home in your old age. Walk longer outdoors, make walking a part of your life.


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