Do 10,000 steps a day increase your lifespan?

A new study from the JAMA Internal Medicine has found, daily steps increase the life span however there is no difference in life span between taking 10000 steps a day or 7500 steps a day. This study has tracked the daily activities steps and speed of 16,741 women from ages 62 to 101 (mean age of 72 years) for 7 days in 4 years.

The researchers have found mortality rates decrease when we are taking more steps per day. Based on this research, 4000 steps a day have significant effect on increasing life span compared to those that have taken approximately 2700 steps a day. On the other hand, those who reached 7,500 or beyond had a greater life span than those who walked 4000 steps a day. However, there was no added benefit for those that have taken 10000 steps compared to those have taken 7500 steps.

“You don’t need to get a lot of steps to see benefits in mortality rates”, co-author I-Min Lee, an epidemiologist in the division of preventive medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, tells The Post. “People are hung up on the 10,000 number. They diligently try to get that number because it’s conventional wisdom, but it’s fun to question conventional wisdom.”

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