Walking just 4,400 steps a day is enough to slash the risk of early death

Walking just 4,400 steps a day is enough to slash the risk of early death
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    WALKING just 4,400 steps a day is enough to slash the risk of dying early, a study suggests. It shows that the idea of having to take 10,000 steps a day is a myth, researchers say. And they warn the target deters some people from walking more as they think it will be unachievable. Researcher Professor I-Min Lee said: "Our study amplifies the message, 'Step more — even a little more is helpful'." The Harvard University team analysed data from 16,741 older women who wore tracking devices for a week. Their health was monitored for an average of more than four years, during which time 504 died. As few as 4,400 steps a day was linked to a 41 per cent lower risk of dying in that time than taking just 2,700 steps. Those who did 8,400 steps a day were 58 per cent less likely to die within four years. Death rates decreased as the number of steps increased before levelling off at about 7,500 a day. Professor Lee added: "We hope these findings provide encouragement for individuals for whom 10,000 steps a day may seem unattainable." GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
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