Saturday, June 22

Walking more than 2,200 steps a day may extend your life

Walking more than 2,200 steps a day may extend your life, according to research we're following.

Although walking 10,000 steps a day is associated with the best health outcomes, a recent study found that walking as little as 2,200 steps a day is linked to a lower risk of heart disease and early death.

The investigation, which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in March 2024, assessed information gathered by the UK Biobank from almost 70,000 adults, ages 53 to 69. For seven days, participants' levels of exercise were monitored via an accelerometer they wore. In the ensuing seven years, 6,190 major cardiovascular issues, such as heart attacks and strokes, were documented, and 1,633 individuals passed away.

Researchers found that walking between 9,500 and 10,500 steps a day reduced the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 21% and the risk of dying young by 39%. Regardless of how long a person spent being inactive each day, the odds of heart disease and early mortality were reduced by any amount of daily steps above 2,200. As individuals increased their daily step count, their health results improved even more.
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