7,000 steps can save your life

Walking can significantly extend your life. New research shows that the 10,000 step daily rule is obsolete, and that those over 60 require only 7,000 steps per day to reduce their death risk by half.

A meta-analysis published in the Lancet medical journal indicated that seniors had a lower death risk when they walked between 6,000 and 8,000 steps daily, with an average of 7,000 steps.

he risk of death decreased for people under the age of 60 who walked 8,000-10,000 steps daily, on average. More daily steps were related with a decreased risk of all-cause death, which varied with age, the authors report.

Increasing daily steps to 5,000 for seniors and 7,000 for younger people reduced mortality risk by 40%. And a smartphone with a built-in health app can count your steps for you. 

Or you may buy the StepsApp Pedometer, which tracks your progress and lets you set objectives. Simple and inexpensive pedometers can also help you count steps.

Walking boosts bone density, soothes the mind, and builds muscle, according to Axios. Walking, say Harvard Medical School experts, can help prevent cancer, battle obesity, and improve joint discomfort. 

Most people can benefit from adding a walking programme to their daily routine, both indoors and outside when the weather permits. Work your way up to 30 minutes daily.

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