Get up and start walking. The more you do it, the longer you may live. That’s the main piece of advice from a study (National Cancer Institute; National Institute on Aging; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that found a higher daily step count is associated with a lower mortality risk from all causes. Even better, the study also noted that it’s not about intensity; you don’t have to run or even jog all day to enjoy a longer life. Just put one foot in front of the other.
… There have been other studies performed in the past on walking and lifespan, but those projects focused heavily on the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions. This study examined a sample of roughly 4,800 U.S. adults aged 40 and over who wore tracking devices for up to seven days. After that, each person’s lifespan was tracked. After accounting for a range of potentially contributing demographic and behavioral factors, they found a significant connection between steps taken daily and mortality risk.
… Participants who walked 8,000 steps per day had a 51% lower risk of dying from any cause than those who only walked 4,000 steps per day. 12,000 steps per day was linked to a 65% lower mortality risk than 4,000 daily steps.