Greater step count significantly linked with lower all-cause mortality
Study says higher step counts are associated with a lower risk of early death.
Step monitoring done for 4,800 US adults aged 40 and up, from 2003-2006.
Participants were given activity tracker to wear during waking hours for 7 days.
Less physically active people doing 2,000-4,000 steps/day encouraged to do double.
"For those who can fit 6,000-8,000 steps/day, good old ‘10,000 steps/day is a great target."
Increasing pace may bring additional benefits.
Limitations include participants' data being self-reported, only collected at one point in time.
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Mentioned in this article:
Charles Matthews - Senior Investigator Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, National Cancer Institute
Charlie Foster - Chair of UK CMO Expert Committee for Physical Activity, Department of Health
Emmanuel Stamatakis - Professor of Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Population Health at University of Sydney.
JAMA - General medical journal.
National Cancer Institute (NCI) - Institute for cancer research.
The University of Sydney - Australia's leading higher education and research University.
University of Bristol - Leading UK university researching infection, human rights, climate change, and information security.