According to a new study, walking 7000 steps daily could cut the risk of death by 70%. The 2,110 volunteers wore an accelerometer from 2005 to 2006 and researchers followed them for an average of nearly 11 years.
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Taking 7,000 steps a day during middle age can keep a person’s arteries healthy and reduce their risk of death by up to 70 percent, a new study (read below) concludes.
The findings by researchers from across the United States suggest that this lower number is still enough to protect against serious heart complications — rather than the common recommendation of 10,000 steps per day.
The study examined a group of adults between 38 and 50 who took at least 7,000 steps daily – about three miles – and discovered that these individuals were much less likely to die over the next decade.
Mortality rates among both White and Black participants fell by 63 and 70 percent respectively compared to their sedentary peers.
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Study authors also identified a difference among men and women raising their daily step count. Deaths among men fell by 58 percent however, that rate jumped to 72 percent among women.
“This cohort study found that higher daily step volume was associated with a lower risk of premature all-cause mortality among Black and White middle-aged women and men,” lead author Dr. Amanda Paluch of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her team writes in the journal JAMA Network Open.
The 2,110 volunteers wore an accelerometer from 2005 to 2006 and researchers followed them for an average of nearly 11 years.
The volunteers were all taking part in a program looking into the risks of coronary artery disease.
“Participants taking at least 7,000 steps/d, compared with those taking fewer than 7,000 steps/d, had a 50% to 70% lower risk of mortality,” the researchers write.
Are 10,000 steps 3,000 too many?
At a brisk pace, it takes the average person about 70 minutes to complete this much exercise, compared to around two hours when taking 10,000 steps. However, the study add to recent evidence suggesting this number is overkill.
“Taking more than 10,000 steps/d was not associated with further reduction in mortality risk,” the team reports.
“Regular physical activity is one of the most important behaviors people can do to improve or maintain good health,” the researchers add.
“Being physically active provides substantial health benefits for many conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and several cancers, as well as improving quality of life.”
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