Researchers led by the University of Granada have unveiled the optimal number of daily steps to reduce the risk of premature death, dispelling the myth of needing 10,000 steps a day.

According to the study, the ideal number of daily steps for significant health benefits is 8,000, equivalent to approximately 6.4 kilometers of walking.

The study also highlighted that walking at a faster pace provides additional health benefits and that there is no excessive number of steps proven to be harmful to health.

The research involved a systematic review and meta-analysis of data from twelve international studies with over 110,000 participants.

The study's lead author, Francisco B. Ortega, emphasized that more steps are never detrimental, and even 16,000 steps a day bring additional benefits compared to walking 7,000-9,000 steps

The results provide easily measurable step targets that can be tracked using smartphones, smartwatches, or wristbands, simplifying health-conscious individuals' exercise routines.

The study underscores that there are various health benefits associated with physical activity beyond just reducing the risk of mortality and cardiovascular diseases.

Overall, this research offers clear, age-appropriate, and attainable step goals for individuals, promoting better health through regular walking.