According to a new study, people who took about 7,000 steps per day had a lower risk of dying from all causes after 11 years of follow-up when compared with people who took fewer steps each day.
It didn’t seem to matter how quickly they moved, either. The findings also held regardless of factors such as race, income level, smoking, weight, and diet.
Researchers analyzed data from 2,210 participants with an average age of 45 in the 20th year of the examination. More than half (57 percent) of participants were women and 42 percent were Black. There was a significantly greater proportion of women and Black participants in the lowest step group.