How Many Walking Steps do you Need Each Day?

A brisk walk is the most straightforward exercise to get you in shape. Around 62% of people reported walking (in 2010) at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week. 

Last week’s study published in Nature Medicine identified statistically significant associations between Walking daily and preventing the new incidence of Diabetes, hypertension, GERD, MDD, obesity, and sleep apnea. 

  • They found that taking at least 8,200 steps daily was associated with a lower risk of obesity, depression, sleep apnea, and acid reflux. The benefits increased with every 1,000 additional steps. 
  • Benefits seemed to max out between 8,000-9,000 steps per day for the prevention of Diabetes and hypertension. 
  • Walking more than 8,000 steps continues to prevent the new onset of obesity, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and major depressive disorder. 
  • The famous goal of 10,000 steps a day isn’t science-based and was developed by advertisers to market the first commercial step counter. 
  • Walking at a pace of 3– 5 m/h (5–8 km/h) or 100-115 steps per minute helped three out of four people.

More here for the Nature Medicine article