Have you ever wondered how much a person’s walk all his life?
You get a response from a study by the American College of Sports Medicine, whereby the average person walks 120,000 kilometers.
Since the advent of the Fit bit and other step-counting activity trackers, most people have absorbed the idea that taking 10,000 steps a day is the benchmark for a healthy life.
While scientists are usually leery of round numbers, there are some good data to support that 10 K target.
Back in 2000, a Japanese team found walking 10,000 steps every day could improve blood pressure scores among men with hypertension.
More research has linked a 10,000-step habit to a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, better psychological well-being, weight loss and improved body composition.
But two new studies suggest that a higher threshold for steps—15,000 or more—may be a better daily goal.
One of those studies, published in The Lancet, looked at an isolated group who live in the Bolivian Amazon and have some of the healthiest hearts on record: the Tsimane.
“In terms of the Tsimane’s coronary calcium scores, which are a very sensitive measure of artery disease, their hearts were on average 28 years younger than [Americans’],”
Thompson and his colleagues found that the Tsimane spend roughly five or six hours a day on their feet and engaged in physical activity.
That translated, roughly, to about 15,500 steps a day for women and more than 17,00 for men, Thompson says.
The findings of the study have emerged based on an average lifespan of up to 80 years, for each one who walks 4 km a day. 120,000 kilometers means walking three times around the Earth Equator.
The study specifies that every step taken is calculated, not just by going to school or work, but simply by moving home.
Since Europeans are more active people, it is thought that a European is more involved around the planet during his life.