This is a fitness myth that has gained popularity since it is said that it can help you lose weight. Let’s see if it is true or not
There are several studies made to establish if this myth is actually true. In this context, the researchers from Brigham Young University's Exercise Science Department, working with colleagues from the Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science Department, conducted a study on college freshmen.
They analyzed and compared the case of 120 female freshmen during their first six months of college doing the step-counting experiment and with participants walking either 10,000, 12,500, or 15,000 steps a day, six days a week for 24 weeks. Besides the steps, researchers also pay attention to the caloric intake and weight of the participants.
What did they find? The number of steps had nothing to do with losing weight. “Exercise alone is not always the most effective way to lose weight. If you track steps, it might have a benefit in increasing physical activity, but our study showed it won’t translate into maintaining weight or preventing weight gain,” said the lead author of the experiment.
“The biggest benefit of step recommendations is getting people out of a sedentary lifestyle,” Bailey. “Even though it won’t prevent weight gain on its own, more steps are always better for you,” he concluded.
3 benefits of walking
Although this myth of walking 10000 steps a day was busted by science, walking is still a good exercise that has many benefits for your health.
1) It burns calories
The calories you burn walking will depend on many factors such as distance, walking speed, and your weight.
2) It eases joint pain
Walking can help you ease joint, knee, and hip pain. This happens due to the fact that while you are working, you are lubricating and strengthening the muscles that support the joints.
3) Improve your mood and energy
You are tired so you decide not to go for a walk and instead stay at home. But did you know walking is an energy booster that is more effective than a cup of coffee? Yes, amazing, isn’t it? Walking increases oxygen flow through the body, which increases the level of many hormones known for elevating energy levels. Additionally, it is a good way of improving your mood and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression, according to several studies.