Even Random Bursts of Walking Linked to Longer Life

In a new study, scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that even random, sporadic bursts of walking are associated with longer life.Even Random Bursts of Walking Linked to Longer Life

For their study, a team of researchers analyzed data from the Women's Health Study, a national trial investigating cardiovascular disease and cancer in almost 40,000 American women, which started in the 1990s. They also examined the longevity of 16,732 women who wore a waist step counter that measured their daily steps and walking patterns for four to seven days between 2011 and 2015.

The data analysis showed that women who took more steps in short spurts lived longer than those who took fewer steps no matter how many steps they had in longer bouts, although the effect leveled off after about 4,500 such steps were taken.

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