Studies show that inactivity and extended periods of sitting can increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, early death, and many other health problems. On the other hand, being active has decreased the risk of many conditions, including dementia, depression, balance issues, sleep problems, and cognition—including attention and retention.
The American Heart Association reports that middle-aged people who walk the most steps daily have a 43% lower risk of diabetes and a 31% lower risk of high blood pressure than those with the fewest steps.
Step counts can help predict obesity. Each 1,000-step interval resulted in a 13% lower risk of obesity in women, and those with the highest step counts were 61% less likely to have obesity. People who took at least 7,000 steps a day had a 50% to 70% lower risk of death compared to those who took fewer than 7,000 steps a day, according to a study published in JAMA.
Researchers discovered that people who took 10,000 or more steps each day had the lowest risk of premature death from any cause. Walking is the simplest way to improve your health. Simply put on a good pair of shoes and find a safe place to walk or jog, then drink water and repeat it five times per week. Other ways to increase your step count include:
- Use a treadmill at home
- Do extra yardwork
- Walk your dog
- Ride a bike
- Play light sports
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week to maintain good health. Just 20 minutes of brisk walking a day gets you there. There is no doubt that daily walks will have a significant impact on your health, but the amount of impact is unknown. You must combine daily walks with a proper diet and other exercises to get lasting health benefits.
The best way to remain healthy is to follow these 3 simple steps:
- Exercise 3-5 times per week.
- Add fruits and vegetables to your diet while reducing refined sugars and processed food intake.
- See your healthcare provider for preventative screening health checks.
About Dr. Nooristani
Dr. Nooristani is a California State licensed and board-certified internal medicine physician and business entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to helping others. He has 15 years of extensive experience working as a hospitalist, and he’s involved with various other organizations and healthcare facilities, such as assisted living facilities, nursing homes, fitness and wellness programs, and hospices.
As a San Luis hospitalist, he established robust programs to improve patient care. He implemented various projects to improve the quality of care. Since 2008, he has worked around the area at Dignity Health Medical Center, Sierra Vista Medical Center, Arroyo Grande Medical Center, and Lompoc Valley Medical Center. He has served in different capacities, including quality of care and medical director positions leading to a significant improvement in overall operation and delivery of care. Dr. Nooristani has also created multiple medical devices for use in patient care—and he prides himself on taking the lead in creating numerous programs to advance patient care in both; inpatient and outpatient environments.