Fit over 50 Update — Walk to Live Longer

Women who walk 2 miles a day live longer than the less active

In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write …

“If you’re plopped on a bed, couch, or chair right now,” write the editors of Reader’s Digest, “you might have what is arguably the most common health problem in America today—sitting disease.” That might sound silly. But prolonged sitting—sedentary living—has been shown by researchers to play a significant role in many of the most troublesome health issues of our time, from obesity and heart disease to diabetes and depression.

Sitting too much, according to a study from the University of Cambridge, is twice as likely to lead to premature death as being obese! Regular exercise increases longevity, reduces fatigue and disability, reduces the risk of heart failure, and improves mental health (with team sports and those involving social groups having the most positive effect on mental health).

A new study adds to what we told you in our book …

Reuters reports, “Older women who get in enough steps each day to walk the equivalent of about two miles – far less than the five-mile goal set by many Americans – might still live longer than their less active counterparts,” researchers concluded after having nearly “17,000 women in their early 70s wear accelerometers for at least four days to track their total daily steps and the intensity of their movements.”

The study revealed that “compared to women who logged no more than 2,718 steps daily, women who achieved at least 4,363 daily steps were 41 percent less likely to die.” The findings were published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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