A Study Found You Don’t Really Need 10,000 Steps a Day

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We’ve heard forever that you should try to get in 10,000 steps a day to be healthy. Which is a lot when you’ve got a desk job. But Good News: A new study found you might not really need that many.

Researchers looked at data from over 225,000 people, and found there’s much more of a gradual effect to how many steps you take.

Even just 4,000 a day lowers your chance of an early death from all causes. And if you only get in 2,500, it can still lower your risk of dying from heart disease.

That said, the more steps you take, the better. The point is you just need to get moving. And if you don’t hit that 10,000-step goal, don’t get discouraged. You still did yourself a lot of good.

The study found 4,000 steps is good enough to help you live longer, but 5,000 is even better. For every additional 1,000 steps you take, you decrease your odds of an early death by about 15%.

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