Study Suggests 15,000 Steps a Day for Optimum Heart Health
If you thought 10,000 steps a day was the ultimate fitness goal, it may be time to reset your Fitbit. A recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that heart disease risk was lowest when patients’ activity included at least 15,000 steps per day. RediClinic, a leading group of health clinics, explains more about the study findings.
Sitting Increased Workers’ Risk of Heart Disease
Health experts have long known that physical activity reduces one’s risk for heart disease, while a sedentary lifestyle has a negative effect on heart health. However, just how much exercise is needed to escape heart disease is a matter of debate.
To add more clarity to the matter, British researchers at the University of Warwick studied a group of 111 postal workers in Glasgow, Scotland. The group included mail carriers who completed daily walking routes, and office workers who spent most of their workday seated at a desk. Women and men without a personal history of heart disease were included in the study, mostly between the ages of 40 and 60.
Researchers first measured the volunteers’ waist sizes, body mass indexes, blood sugar levels and cholesterol profiles, all known risk factors for coronary heart disease. Each postal worker then wore a high-tech activity tracker for one week, both at home and at work. Next, the researchers calculated how many hours each worker had spent on foot or seated, and how many steps were taken each day.
Get Screened at RediClinic
Do you need motivation to get moving? RediClinic offers a wide range of health screenings to help you evaluate your health. These tests include Body Mass Index, Lipid Profile, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Complete Blood Count (CBC), Kidney and Liver Function, tests for diabetes and more. For many patients, health screenings are the inspiration they need to make serious lifestyle changes to improve their health.