Exact number of steps we need to walk every day to avoid an early death – study

Study finds being OUTDOORS helps you live longer

According to a new study, researchers have uncovered the number of daily steps needed to lower the risk of dying from all causes.

The team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Medical University of Lodz, Poland, based their findings on 226,889 people from 17 studies.

Those who walked 1,000 steps per day reduced their chance of dying by 15 percent.

Adding 500 steps onto that was then associated with a seven percent lower chance of dying from cardiovascular disease.

The magic number was 3,967 daily steps in order to reduce their risk of dying from any condition.

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Professor Maciej Banach, Cardiology at the Medical University of Lodz, said: “Our study confirms that the more you walk, the better.

“We found that this applied to both men and women, irrespective of age, and irrespective of whether you live in a temperate, sub-tropical or sub-polar region of the world, or a region with a mixture of climates.”

Professor Banach added: “Our analysis indicates that as little as 4,000 steps a day are needed to significantly reduce deaths from any cause, and even fewer to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease.”

The expert said an emphasis on diet and exercise could be just as good “or even more effective in reducing cardiovascular risk and prolonging lives”.

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There does, however, need to be further studies to investigate whether the benefits exist for intensive types of exertion, such as marathon running.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) points out insufficient exercise is the fourth most frequent cause of death in the world.

Dr Ibadete Bytyçi from the University Clinical Centre of Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo, commented on the research.

“Until now, it’s not been clear what is the optimal number of steps, both in terms of the cut-off points over which we can start to see health benefits, and the upper limit, if any, and the role this plays in people’s health.

“However, I should emphasise that there was limited data available on step counts up to 20,000 a day, and so these results need to be confirmed in larger groups of people.”

The NHS recommends everybody to exercise for a minimum of 150 minutes per week.

An easy way to reach such a target is to commit to walking for 30 minutes, five days per week.

Alternative exercises could include swimming, jogging, dancing, and riding a bike.

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