The Simple Habit That Could Boost Your Longevity, According To Science

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Everyone knows it’s a good notion to step up the stairs rather than take the elevator, but a new analyze says you might also want to ditch the car keys and put on your walking shoes. New research from Oxford University says you could live a longer life simply by adding more steps to your day.

The study, published in PLOS ONE, followed over 2,500 Australians with an average age of around 59, for over a decade. The participants were given a pedometer to track their daily steps, with researchers collecting the data.

Over time, they find a linear relationship between high daily steps and low mortality hazard. Sedentary people were able to cut their mortality risk by 12 percent simply by going from 1,000 steps a day to 3,000 steps per day, at the least five times per week. If they upped that to 10, 000 steps a day, they could slash the health risks by as much as 46 percentage.

‘This proves more clearly than before that the total amount of activity also affects life expectancy, ” Oxford University researcher Terry Dwyer said in a statement.“These results are more robust and give us greater confidence that it is possible to avoid death from major diseases by being more active.”

Numerous surveys have similarly shown that workout offers more benefits than simply helping to maintain your weight. One study from earlier this year found that merely light exercise can add three to seven years to your life.Another study discovered jogging two-and-a-half hours worked per week could add over five years to your life.

The bottom line: It’s time to get moving.

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