WASHINGTON: Walking 8,000 steps — about four 6.4 kilometres — one or two days a week may significantly reduce the risk of an early death, according to a study released on Tuesday.

While regular exercise is known to lower mortality risk, the study published in the journal JAMA Network Open looked at the health benefits of walking intensively only a few days a week.

For the study, the researchers from Kyoto University and the University of California, Los Angeles analysed data from 3,100 American adults.

They found that those who walked 8,000 steps or more one or two days a week were 14.9 per cent less likely to die over a 10-year period than those who never reached that mark. For those who walked 8,000 steps or more three to seven days a week, the mortality risk was even lower — 16.5pc.

The health benefits of walking 8,000 steps or more one or two days a week appeared higher for participants aged 65 years and older.

“The number of days per week taking 8,000 steps or more was associated with a lower risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality,” the researchers said.

Published in Dawn, March 29th, 2023

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