Taking Steps Towards a Healthier Heart
Cardiovascular problems are a sort of elephant in the room. They cause ¼ of all annual deaths in the USA, with one person dying every 36 seconds, and 655,000 per year. Despite these statistics, and many of us knowing someone who has died of these problems, we don’t seem to take it as seriously as we should.

Taking steps
Perhaps this complacency comes from a sense of inevitability. Dying from a heart attack seems to have become largely associated with getting old. With good reason! A study in the USA found it was the leading cause of death among over-40s.

However, in those who took more steps, that figure was drastically reduced.

Those who took 4000 steps per day were 51% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who took 8000 steps per day. This may seem like a massive exercise increase, but it’s not even an hour more of walking.

Quantity over Quality
The good news is that, according to the study, it made no difference whether the steps were taken quickly or slowly. This means that you don’t have to add an hour of high-intensity working out to your day, and just a leisurely walk will do.

Whether that is a stroll round and round your backyard, up and down your stairs or a light jog around your local park, taking these extra steps will bring you a much higher standard of heart health as you get older.

Other benefits
Walking has many other benefits. For one, fresh air is insanely good for your lung health. Not only that, but getting outside and experiencing sunlight and nature (even if it is just a tree by the road or the neighborhood car) can do wonders for your soul and your mental health.

So next time you feel like driving a short distance, think about walking and making a whole trip out of it. You won’t regret it!

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