Daily Walks Help Maintain Overall Health
A daily stroll can help you stay in good health—regardless of how fast you walk. For a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, 4,840 adults ages 40 and older wore an accelerometer for up to a week to measure the number of steps they took per day and per minute (to estimate how fast they walked). Researchers tracked them for up to 12 years. After adjusting for risk factors such as diabetes, age, obesity, and heart disease, they linked an average of 8,000 steps a day with a nearly 50 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or other causes compared with 4,000 steps or fewer. Walking pace made no difference. Of course, there may be another explanation for the link: Healthier people may take more steps than those sick and already at higher risk for early death.
Source: JAMA, March 24, 2020