7,500 steps a day may be linked to longer life for elderly women

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Over seven thousand steps a day might just be the secret to long life.

A recent study bared that more steps will result to less health risks, so you might want to adjust your tracker and set a more than 7,000-step goal per day.

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Researchers said that completing about 7,500 steps a day can help women live longer than those who are less active.

The study entitled: Association of Step Volume and Intensity With All-Cause Mortality in Older Women focused on measuring the steps of a total of 16, 741 women in their early 70s for over seven days.

The study was conducted between 2011 to 2015.

It was revealed that women who averaged about 4,400 steps a day had “significantly lower mortality rates during a follow-up of 4.3 years compared to women who had only took aroud 2,700 steps each day.

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According to lead study author Dr. I-Min Lee of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, “more steps taken per day were associated with even lower mortality rates until about 7,500 steps per day.

The result of the study, according to Keith Diaz from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City who wasn’t involved in the study, are “good news for older adults who may have difficulty walking at faster paces.” 

Diaz added any walking is better than nothing and even small amounts of walking can benefit one’s health.

“For those who have difficulty walking, other research shows that any form of aerobic activity provides health benefits. Swimming, bicycling, arm cranking or any form of activity that is continuous in nature will provide health benefits,” Diaz said in a report.