Study Finds That 4,400 Steps Per Day Helps Maintain Good Health
Walking at least 10,000 steps per day has become the gold standard for maintaining good health. However, according to a new study, 4,400 steps may be all that is needed for mature women to stay in good health and live a long life.
Participants in the study included 16,741 women with an average age of 72. The participants wore clip on devices for seven days that tracked their number of steps per day. The median steps per day across low to high quartiles were 2718, 4363, 5905, and 8442, respectively. The participants were followed for four years and mortality rates were recorded.
The researchers found that participants who took 4,400 steps per day were 40% less likely to die compared to women who took 2,700 steps. They also found that the benefits of walking peaked at 7,500 steps. No additional benefit was seen in women who walked more than 7,500 steps.
The study was conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It was published online ahead of print on May 29, 2019 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.