It’s not 10,000.
By Taylyn Washington-Harmon, Mar 4, 2022
10,000 steps might not be the perfect number for everyone to maximize their lifespan according to research from UMass Amherst.
In an analysis of 15 different studies across four continents published in The Lancet this month, researchers found that adults younger than 60 can benefit from anywhere between 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day for improved longevity.
Adults older than 60 saw longevity benefits stabilize around 6,000 to 8,000 steps a day.
Researchers found a 40-53% lower risk of early death in study participants who walked an average minimum of 5,800 steps a day compared to participants who averaged 3,500 steps.
Another interesting finding: walking speed didn’t make much of a difference either, researchers note. As long as you’re within the step range, your risk of premature death was decreased.