Walking: How many steps are enough for you to prevent the risk of premature death?



October 8, 2021

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There is much you can do to preserve your health and your life; Sometimes you exercise hard and regularly, and sometimes you follow a strict diet, but the way to avoid many diseases and reduce the risk of premature death, according to a recent American study, may lie in daily walk.

Walking is perhaps the only sport that does not cause side effects, and according to many studies, it does not often cause damage to the musculoskeletal system or strain on the joints, as jogging can. for example.

Therefore, the great benefits of walking remain a motivation, over the years, to continue research and study to further explore its benefits.

US researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst recently concluded that walking 7,000 steps per day at an average age can reduce the risk of premature death by up to 70%.

This percentage may seem relatively large, but Dr William Baird, British general practitioner, believes that “this percentage is not exaggerated as some believe, when one knows the great benefits of walking and the many diseases which contribute to it. avoid, there will be there is no room for the question.

Dr Beard explains the great benefits of walking by saying that “brisk walking leads to the production of more natural killer cells, which are an important part of our immune system as the first line of defense against foreign bodies and blood cells. viruses that enter our body. through the mouth or nose.

The benefits of walking are not limited to the immune system, as it helps promote mental and physical health; It prevents heart disease and type 2 diabetes, stimulates blood circulation, improves sleep, and relieves stress and psychological stress. But are these advantages achieved in all types of walking?

According to Dr Bird, walking of all kinds is beneficial for overall health, and it’s always better than not, but walking speed plays an important role in preventing premature death and chronic disease, according to Dr. study.

To see if your stride is fast enough to get these benefits, Dr. Bird says, “Try singing while you walk. If you can, you are not walking fast enough. During the brisk walk, you may be able to speak but not sing.

Certainly, walking is beneficial for all age groups, but various studies have focused on its importance in the lives of middle-aged people, in particular; Because diseases related to blood pressure, diabetes, etc. often start to appear at this age.

Thanks to technological advances, you can walk and let the various apps on your smartphone record your trip data, the number of calories you burn and measure your heart rate to your stress level.

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In recent decades, walking has become a culture in developed countries, where places to exercise are available, but walking can be a form of luxury in other areas. Due to the lack of suitable places and streets, and the lack of transport, in some Arab countries like Syria, Lebanon and others, many people are forced to walk long distances, especially with the aggravation economic crises and lack of fuel in these countries.

Walking: How many steps are enough for you to prevent the risk of premature death?

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Many Syrians are forced to walk long distances due to lack of fuel and deepening economic crisis

“Today, people in Lebanon walk a lot, not for health reasons, but to save some money,” Lebanese citizen Theodore Abi Nasser said as he strolled down a crowded street of Beirut.

In Syria, the situation is not very different. According to Sia Daghmoush, who in turn is aware of the importance of walking for public health, “Syrians are forced to walk because of the lack of fuel, including gasoline and diesel for various means. transport, which is not normal in my opinion. ”

Far from being mandatory or optional, researchers agree that it will not diminish the benefits of walking.

“Walking on crowded streets, which can have high levels of air pollution, remains less risky than the health problems that a lack of walking and movement can cause,” says Dr Bird.

Technical development and the increased use of modern technology in many sectors have led to the creation of jobs that require sitting for long periods in front of screens, which increases the risk of physical and psychological illnesses, and the Modern man has adapted, in turn, to this technological development, after he was, in the old days. He is forced to spend most of his day moving around in search of food.

There is no doubt that modern technologies have resulted in a decrease in the physical exertion that people had to put in, but they have also enshrined the need for brain power and creative thinking, in most industries, and the good news is. that walking can stimulate creative thinking. and activate our brains to come up with ideas and solutions, so when it’s hard to hand over a paper or complete a task your boss has assigned you, take a walk.



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