The Morning Breeze w/ Carolyn McArdle & Cort Johnson

The Morning Breeze w/ Carolyn McArdle & Cort Johnson

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The Number of Steps Needed to See Health Benefits is Smaller Than You Think

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By now you've probably been told that you should be getting in 10,000 steps each day in order to stay healthy.

Well... new research is now challenging that idea - which was originally pushed by a fitness smartwatch maker to help sell product.

A study by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has found that walking just 4,000 steps per day is associated with a lower risk of death.

The research pooled the results of 17 studies that looked at the health benefits associated with step counts across six countries. The least active people in the studies took around 4,000 steps per day and still saw a reduced risk of death from any cause. The more steps people took, the lower their risk of dying.

But that's not to say that taking 10,000 steps doesn't help, as every extra 1,000 steps per day was associated with a 15% reduction in a person's overall risk of death, according to the research.

Read more here.

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