More than 27 million Americans over the age of 25 suffer functional limitations in their daily movement such as rising from a chair or ascending stairs caused directly by a condition known as knee osteoarthritis (OA). Those with the condition or at risk of developing OA, it has been learned in a new study, could reduce their risk by walking 6,000 steps per day. TrekDesk Treadmill Desk offers many deskbound workers the opportunity to achieve this daily goal easily.
The study, published recently in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) journal, Arthritis Care & Research, found that 6,000 steps per day at a minimum could prevent increasing mobility issues with those that suffer from OA. Recent date suggests that 80% of OA patients suffer some limitation in movement and 11% actually need assistance with personal care.
More than two thirds of older adults walk less than 13 minutes in total per day accelerating their OA caused limitations and it is a well documented fact that the average American adult walks less than one half the recommended 10,000 steps per day necessary for optimal health.
The OA study included 1788 people with or at risk of OA as measured by the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Those participants walking less than 6,000 steps per day had the highest incidence of functional limitations caused by OA. The study authors encouraged as much walking as possible for OA sufferers with a minimum goal of 3,000 steps and working toward a 6,000 step daily goal.