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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.