I read another article summarizing a recent study which followed the walking of older women for four years. Those who walked at least 4,700 steps a day had 40% reduced mortality. Of course, they noted the reduced mortality couldn’t be correlated exclusively to the walking.
The article also made two interesting observations:
- The 10,000 step per day “gold standard” has never been demonstrated scientifically. It actually traces back to the marketing of a pedometer manufactured in Japan in the 1960’s. The two recent studies I’ve read seem to indicate health/mental health benefits start plateauing at about
5,000 steps. I would believe those steps would be more beneficial when done in one shot rather than stretched across an entire day, but I don’t know.
- iPhones aren’t real accurate for tracking steps, which seems to be my experience. Recently, for the same course, my iPhone recorded 5,100 steps. On another day it said 5,900 steps. I was wearing the same pants and had the phone in the same pocket. Interestingly it recorded the same distance for both walks. I suppose it’s possible my stride varied by that amount but it doesn’t seem likely.
2015 (Age 54) PSA: 20.8
Bx: All cores G7 (4+3)
RALP & Adjuvant RT
Pathology: G8 (4+4)+5
PSA nadir: 0.1, steady increase until 2019: 64
2019, March: Lupron/Xtandi, PSA: 0.036
Post Edited (mattam) : 6/19/2019 8:56:00 AM (GMT-6)