Steps up there with statins, landmark study suggests

SEDENTARY people who increase their daily walking from 1000 to 10,000 steps nearly halve their mortality risk, independent of BMI, Australian researchers show.

In a landmark study using pedometers rather than patient recall, researchers followed 2500 Tasmanians (mean age 59) over a decade, finding a linear relationship between increased physical activity and lower all-cause mortality.

The research shows sedentary people who increase their daily walking even marginally — to just 3000 steps — five days a week, reduce mortality risk by 12%. This is independent of other lifestyle factors