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Walking Just 8600 Steps A Day Reduces The Risk Of Obesity | "More Steps Are Better”
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Walking Just 8600 Steps A Day Reduces The Risk Of Obesity | "More Steps Are Better”

The researcher Dr. Evan Brittan explains how just a small addition of walking can change the trajectory of our lives.

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Maybe it’s just a stroll in the garden or a sweet romantic walk with your partner but guess what, all walking adds up to a significant betterment in your health and body. Research conducted by Dr. Evan Brittain, associate professor in the division of cardiovascular medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville showed that if we walked just 8,600 steps a day we could prevent weight gain and if you wanted to shed some of that off then you could add an additional 2,400 steps- so around 11,000 steps totally to your daily routine, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine 

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As scientists would like to constantly remind us, exercise is good for our bodies. “People really can reduce their risk of obesity by walking more,” Dr. Brittan notifies. Diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, depression, and GERD showed benefit with higher steps,” he said in an email to CNN. Additionally, “The relationship with hypertension and diabetes plateaued after about 8,000 to 9,000 steps but the others were linear, meaning higher steps continued to reduce risk,” he said. “I would say that the take-home messages are that more steps are better.”