New Paper: Steps, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and cardio-metabolic profiles
Congrats to Samantha Hajna, Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta, and Dr. Nancy A. Ross for publishing their article Steps, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and cardiometabolic profiles in Preventative Medicine. In their new paper, Hajna, Dasgupta, and Ross find that more optimal indicators of cardiometabolic health (e.g., lower BMI, lower Hemoglobin A1C) are observed in individuals meeting a step count recommendation (7,500 or more steps per day) or a physical activity recommendation (150 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week). While the most health benefits to markers of cardio-metabolic health were observed in individuals meeting the step count recommendation, the authors find that those meeting physical activity enjoy some additional benefit to cardio-metabolic health. Accordingly, Hajna, Dasgupta, and Ross recommend that inactive individuals first aim to attain the step count recommendation, before advancing to the physical activity recommendation. Given the rise of physical activity monitoring tools, this finding arrives at an opportune moment for maximum public health policy impact.