It’s something you learned how to do when you were a toddler…
And it may be the key to helping you live longer!
Folks, I’m talking about the simple act of WALKING.
Sure, it may not be as hip or cool as running, going to a spin class, or even lifting weights…
But this time-tested, simple movement is one of the best ways to help extend your life and keep you healthy.
And best of all, you don’t have to walk for hours-on-end to benefit!
1,000 Extra Steps Extends Your Lifespan?
According to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Conference, people who walk more steps each day have a significantly lower risk of death than those who were less active.
The study looked at women over the age of 60 and found:
- A 32% decrease in death among those who took at least 2,000 steps a day…
- And another 28% decrease in death for each additional 1,000 steps a day.
The study also noted that these ‘steps’ don’t need to happen all the same time. Breaking up your walks into shorter bursts throughout the day is also good for your overall health.
The bottom line?
Whether you take long, extended walks… or short, quick walks around the block… they are ALL good for you!
And if you think that walking is something only reserved for folks that can’t ‘move’ like they used to… think again!
A new study conducted by OnePoll found that walking is becoming a PREFERRED mode of transportation among adults of all ages… with nearly 60% of respondents saying they are willing to walk a full mile before seeking other modes of transportation.
With spring in full swing, now’s a perfect time to get out and walk.
If you’re already engaged in a consistent walking routine… keep it going! And if you can squeeze in some extra steps in the process, it’s only going to help you.
If you find it challenging to get in some quality steps, remember… you don’t have to get all your walking in at one, single time.
A quick 20-30 minute stroll in the morning… followed by another 20-30 minutes later in the day is a great way to stay active without feeling like you’re committing a ton of time.