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Few scientific studies support the hypothesis that walking speed is an indicator of our vitality and good health.
It is well known that blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate or pain are indicators of the dysfunctions of our organism. More and more evidence suggest that spontaneous walking speed is also an indicator of our functional vitality. Indeed, walking speed summarizes the coordination of the multiple systems that produce the strength, energy, sensory and attentional control, which is necessary for mobility and autonomy. Accordingly, a significant decrease in the spontaneous walking speed during old age is a good indicator of the decrease in vital resources and fragility. Even though scientific evidence has been obtained in a clinical setting, these observations could also be applied to healthy older adults. Indeed, they suggest that regular exercise at a walking speed greater than the spontaneous one (in particular brisk walking) allows the organism to be sought beyond its “comfort zone”, thus leading to beneficial effects.
In Walkoo app, no need for additional tools to measure walking speed and energy expenditure associated with walking: the Walkometer is integrated into the application and helps you know your spontaneous speed and even … to exceed it.
The billet blog of the Professor Jean-Jacques Temprado, Co-Founder and CSO of Walkoo
Based on many scientific studies, conventional prevention messages set the daily dose of walking required to maintain physical fitness, reduce cardiovascular risk and psychological well-being by 10,000 steps. Actually, according to recent studies, the dose to be advised could actually be 15,000 steps.
These recommendations are widely relayed by the manufacturers of connected objects for the monitoring of activity, thus helping to popularize « 10,000 steps per day » as a gold standard to be reached. However, each of us can measure how difficult it is to comply with these recommendations, which require walking several hours a day. Indeed, believing that the beneficial effects of the number of steps operate in the « all (10,000 steps) or nothing » mode, many sedentary people who can not reach the recommendations discourage themselves, thereby perpetuating their inactivity and the spiral of effects deleterious. In reality, even a little bit of walking is always better than nothing and as much as possible must remain a permanent objective to be reached daily. Indeed, the threshold of 10-15,000 should not be considered an obsession. The first way to be is to break, as often as possible, with the sitting station during the day: walking, standing, climbing stairs, regularly practicing some bending-extension exercises of the legs.
Another way to break with inactivity is to regularly use Walkoo, the application that guides you to discover the city, quantifies your actual efforts and rewards them!