Listen Now: How To Sitting More Could Actually Increase Your Lifespan
Counting your way to ten thousand steps a day? Turns out less might actually be more.
Ever since fitbit hit the market, people have been taking the stairs, walking to work and jumping on the treadmill. Now it looks like it’s ok to take a seat.
A new study from Harvard Medical School says walking only half of the ten thousand steps is linked to a lower risk of death in older women. In addition, the health benefits might flatten out at seventy five hundred steps so anything after that is just for fun.
Over four years, the study followed sixteen thousand women between the ages of sixty-two and one hundred and one. They wore trackers for seven days and reported on their lifestyle, diet and medical histories. The study found women who took about forty-four hundred steps a day had a lower mortality rate than those who walked about two thousand steps.
People who did not move at all were not in good shape but even taking just two thousand steps a day can benefit. So, don’t feel bad about taking the elevator.
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