Do we really need 10,000 steps?

With temperatures dropping, we may be less inclined to take a leisurely stroll. When we do take a walk, cold temperatures might spur us to pick up our pace, increasing our core temperature. Turns out that may be a good thing for your brain as well.

According to a new study, People who walked with “purpose” – at a pace of over 40 steps a minute – could cut their risk of dementia by 57% with just 6,315 steps a day!

“It is a brisk walking activity, like a power walk,” said study coauthor Borja del Pozo Cruz, senior researcher in health sciences for the University of Cadiz in Spain.

Even people who walked approximately 3,800 steps a day at any speed cut their risk of dementia by 25%, the study found. But there was an even more interesting result buried in the study, according to an editorial entitled “is 112 the new 10,000? published in JAMA neurology.

The largest reduction in dementia risk – 62% – was achieved by people who walked at a very brisk pace of 112 steps per minute for 30 minutes a day.

To sum it up, It’s suggested that individuals looking to reduce their risk of dementia focus on their walking pace over their walking distance.