Key points from article :
The 10,000-steps-a-day mantra grew out of a decades-old marketing campaign.
A meta-analysis involving nearly 50,000 people identified the number of daily walking steps that will improve health and longevity.
Risk of premature death stabilize at 6000-8000 steps per day for adults 60 years and older.
For adults younger than 60, risk of premature death stabilize at 8,000-10,000 steps per day.
Getting your steps, regardless of pace, was linked to a lower risk of death.
40-53% lower risk of death in highly active participants (5800 steps; 7800 steps; 10,900 steps) than those who walked 3500 steps.
Physical Activity Guidelines recommends at least 150min of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week.
“Steps are very simple to track,” - Amanda Paluch, physical activity epidemiologist.
“Moving even a little more is beneficial, particularly for those who are doing very little activity,” - Paluch.
Study by University of Massachusetts Amherst published in Lancet Public Health.