Older women who walk two miles daily may live longer than their less active peers

Reuters (5/29, Rapaport) reports, “Older women who get in enough steps each day to walk the equivalent of about two miles – far less than the five-mile goal set by many Americans – might still live longer than their less active counterparts,” researchers concluded after having nearly “17,000 women in their early 70s wear accelerometers for at least four days to track their total daily steps and the intensity of their movements.” The study revealed that “compared to women who logged no more than 2,718 steps daily, women who achieved at least 4,363 daily steps were 41 percent less likely to die.” The findings were published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.