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Here's How Long You Need to Walk Each Week to Live Longer

According to a study.
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Exercising in the middle of a pandemic isn't as easy as it looks. But, you should absolutely try and stay as fit as possible. We're not here to tell you to do a full high-intensity workout because just walking can make a difference.

A new study has found exactly how long you need to walk to live longer. That's right, the secret to adding years to your life is a few hours of brisk walking. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, says 2.5 hours of walking in a week helps you in the long run.

Researchers looked at data spanning 11 years from 380,055 people with an average age of 56 to come up with the number. Each participants' relationship between physical activity and lack of sleep was taken into consideration, and researchers crunched the numbers to figure out the number that "eliminated most of the deleterious associations of poor sleep."

"There is still a lot we don't know about the effects of exercise on cognitive decline later in life," C. Munro Cullum, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at UTSW and co-senior author of the study, said in a release.

"MCI [mild cognitive impairment] and dementia are likely to be influenced by a complex interplay of many factors, and we think that, at least for some people, exercise is one of those factors."

So, getting proper sleep and walking a few times a week will improve your health. Let's not forget a healthy diet and a stress-free lifestyle, though.

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