A recent research performed at the University of Jyväskylä decided to examine how the changes in our body mass index (BMI) are connected to changes in the daily step count and how that makes us become fat.
It took 4 years and it was proved that women especially increased their daily step count to a significant extent. 25% of the participants in the research managed to increase their count to more than 2,000 steps and almost 19% decreased the step count. Also, body fat and BMI were examined.
According to the steps the participants took, they were divided into maintainers, increasers and decreasers. The time was also measured.
While the period passed, both the men’ and the women’s BMI grew. The same level of the daily aerobic steps was maintained at almost half of the participants. ¼ of them managed to increase their daily count and had more than 1,000 steps for the whole research period.
There were participants that had more than 2,000 increased steps. They had maintained their BMI at the same level through the whole time period. BMI only increased for those people who had a decreased count or a count at the same level.
According to international studies, physical activity generally decreases with age, but in this case it increased, as Professor Mirja Hirvensalo says. It’s very important to have an incidental activity because it’s closely related to body fat.
If you know how to, you’ll accumulate steps. You don’t have to go for a walk intentionally. You just have to pay attention to your choices. Just go for a walk or take the stairs more.
According to a particular study in Finland which has been monitoring over 3,000 Finns regularly from 1980, adult people need to have at least 10,000 steps every day.
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