The result showed that commuters walked an average of approximately 2.2 kilometers to work. The speed averaged 5.8 km/h, took 23 minutes, and required 2,800 steps. The pedestrians make about 385 walks a year, roughly 80 kilometers a year.
– It is interesting that walking outdoors requires 30 percent more energy than if you walk at the same speed on a flat surface indoors. A positive consequence of the 6,000 transport steps is that it is easier to lose weight and reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes type 2, cancer, and dying premature, says Peter Schantz.
Earlier recommendations to walk 10,000 steps per day came in 1964 from Japan and, according to Peter Schantz, have no scientific evidence.
– The health effects level off after 6,000 transport steps, but if you walk more steps, it contributes to increased energy turnover, which has value but not significant health effects.
The authors are Peter Schantz, Karin Olsson, Jane Salier Eriksson and Hans Rosdahl.