If you’re over 60, studies suggest that 6,000–8,000 steps per day will reduce risks of early death. For adults under 60, the longevity benefits start at 8,000–10,000 steps per day, according to a review study published in The Lancet (2022; 6 . E219–22). “What we saw was this incremental reduction in risk as steps increase, until it levels off,” said Amanda Paluch, PhD, assistant professor, physical activity epidemiologist and kinesiologist at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “And the leveling occurred at different step values for older versus younger adults.”
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