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Even Less than 5,000 steps a day regularly Helps a Mental Health

According to a study by NIH, 10,000 walk-out exercises help mental health. By 2030, mental illness is projected to cost the global community over US $6 Trillion. In 2021 in the U.S. statistics from the NIH, show that at least 57.8 million (22.8% of all U.S. adults) adults aged 18 or older have experienced any mental illness(AMI). Young adults aged 18-25 years had the highest prevalence of AMI (33.7%), aged 26-49 (28.1%), and aged 50 and over(15%).

The prevalence of AMI was highest among the adults reporting two or more races (34.9%), American Indian/ Alaskan Native adults(26.6%), and which is the lowest prevalence of AMI Asian adults (16.4%).

The treatment of mental disease costs are high due to a shortage of mental health care providers. In the U.S., historically, there has been a lack of investment in mental health care by public insurance programs, private insurers, employers, and insufficient health coverage.

Many studies suggest that walking-based exercise reduces the risk of anxiety and depression in adults.  According to the survey by NIH, the effect of walking is not only good for emotional health but also reduces blood-related diseases which are high blood pressure, type II diabetes, cholesterol, and heart disease.

The study suggests that walking to work in a short distance, involving community outdoor activities, and walking in nature, especially on green trails where near the residing place would help to cut off many unwanted illnesses. Many scholars said that at least 10,000 steps in a daily walkout get better mental health. However, It depends on the individual’s physical capability to take this walking plan, and most importantly, walking consistency is the main key to better results even less than 5,000 steps a day.

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