Benefits of 4,000 Steps a Day

Getting out and about has become an increasingly difficult task for many kids, especially during a pandemic but the secret to a long healthy life might be behind the number 4000

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Eran Bagwell, Contributor

We all know that a healthy diet is a major part of a healthy life, but so is movement and exercise. Science shows that even walking just 4,000 steps might elongate your life by decades.

Studies have been done on older and working women: “Researchers found that in older women, taking as few as 4,400 steps per day was associated with a 41% lower risk of dying during the study period when compared with women who walked 2,500 steps a day or fewer. In addition, it didn’t seem to matter if the women took those steps power walking or just moving around the house.” (harvard.edu

4,000 steps has secret health benefits, “ The University of Warwick study compared people with at least one sign of metabolic syndrome—a group of risk factors (high blood pressure, fat around the waist, high blood sugar, and high triglycerides and cholesterol) for heart disease—with those with no risk factors. They found that those who got the least activity had the most risk factors, and those who walked the most—accumulating at least 15,000 steps per day—had healthy BMIs, smaller waists, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and better blood sugar control.” (consumerreports.org

Getting out is difficult when you don’t have lots of free time but with a smaller amount of moving around, even just around the house, you can lengthen your life and lose some weight.