Sunday, April 16, 2017

Take 10,000 steps a day, live forever

There's a vole in there somewhere.
Today, taking 10,000 steps a day is a popular goal because some research has shown coupled with other healthy behaviors it can lead to a decrease in chronic illness like diabetes, metabolic syndromes and heart disease, according to Michael Roizen, a physician and chief wellness officer at Cleveland Clinic.

Moreover, "If everyone did just 10,000 steps a day  we would probably decrease healthcare budget by $500 billion a year and that shows how few people actually do it, and two how big a reduction in chronic disease we’d have if more did."

I don't know how he came up with that number, but it's impressive.

I try to walk everyday with Scout the Wonder Dog. Our route covers 2.25 miles. So with 5,280 feet in a mile, that would mean we walk far enough for him to poop and get in a good hunt for voles. That's what he thinks we're doing: hunting for voles in the pachysandra. And I've had a father/son talk with him, to no avail.

Dr. Roizen maintains that walking is better for you than running.
A May 2013 study by researchers in the Life Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looked at data from 33,000 runners and nearly 16,000 walkers to compare the relative health benefits of each activity. From the outside it might seem like running – which is considered a vigorous intensity exercise – must be better for you than walking, a moderate form of exercise.
Of course you have to walk a longer distance, and that will steal precious time from binging on Law & Order reruns. Here are the numbers:
Six years after the start of the study, researchers found that running significantly reduced the risk of high blood pressure (by 4.2 percent), high cholesterol (4.3 percent), diabetes (12.1 percent) and cardiovascular heart disease (4.5 percent), for every MET h/d, which is a standard measure of metabolic energy expenditure.
Participants who walked regularly saw even better results. Walking decreased risk by 7.2 percent for high blood pressure, 7 percent for high cholesterol, 12.3 percent for diabetes and 9.3 percent for cardiovascular heart disease. The more someone walked or ran, the greater the benefit.
The researchers found that if you leap into pachysandra to catch voles, you most certainly will live forever.

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