Author: Kevin Loria, Consumer Reports
If 10,000 steps a day sounds like too lofty a goal, take heart: People who step less than half that amount may still see significant health benefits, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers looked at the average daily step counts for 16,741 women with an average age of 72 for one week and found that those who walked just a moderate amount—an average of just under 4,400 steps per day—were 41 percent less likely to die over the next four years than women who walked approximately 2,700 steps per day.
Many people take at least 2,700 steps doing daily activities, says I-Min Lee, Sc.D., a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and lead author of the new study. Walking about a mile more than that is associated with a dramatic reduction in mortality rates.
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