Study: Walking 7,000 Steps a Day Makes You Live Longer and Healthier

Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Walking 7,000 steps a day during middle age can cut the risk of death by 70 percent, according to one study. Researchers have found that a target – less than the 10,000 steps that is often recommended – is sufficient to protect against serious illness.

A US study of middle-aged adults found those who managed to reach a goal, the equivalent of walking about three miles, were much less likely to die over the next decade. This is further evidence that regular physical activity is one of the most important things for people to maintain a healthy life Daily Mail, Saturday (18/9/2021).

A team from the University of Massachusetts analyzed 2,100 adults between the ages of 38 and 50. Participants wore step counting devices for a year to track the average number of steps they took each day.

Those who took less than 7,000 a day were classified as having a low step count, medium between 7,000 and 9,999, and over 10,000 a day were classified as high. The participants were followed up almost 11 years later.

The results revealed that adults who took 7,000 steps a day were between 50 and 70 percent less likely to die a decade later than those who took fewer than 7,000 steps.

The death rates in black and white participants fell by 63 and 70 percent, respectively, compared to their sedentary counterparts. Gender differences were also identified – mortality in men who took at least 7,000 steps a day fell by 58 percent, rising to 72 percent for women.

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