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Most important health advice: sit less, move more, especially in bursts

Advice that was backed up by a preliminary study just presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Conference 202.

In this study, 16,732 women (average age: 60) wore a step counter that measured their daily steps and walking patterns for four to seven days and were then followed up for 6 years.

And the results are convincing: Women who took more steps in short spurts lived longer, regardless of how many steps they had in longer, uninterrupted bouts.

The benefits leveled off at about 4,500 steps per day in short spurts.

Women who took more than 2,000 steps daily in uninterrupted bouts – about 20 minutes of moderate-paced walking at a time – had a 32% lower risk of dying in this study than the others.

Wanna live longer?

Best way to improve your odds: Sit less, move more.