Take a few easy steps and you could find yourself living a long, healthier life, experts claim

Health experts have claimed that walking about 10,000 steps day can slash the risk of suffering an early death.

Researchers from The George Institute for Global Health studied 3,000 people over the course of 15 years to find that taking a modest amount of exercise can have a massive health benefit.

In a study published in the journal PLOS-ONE , academics said people who increased their daily exercise from 1,000 steps to 10,000 cut their risk of “early mortality” by 46%.

Even taking 3,000 steps a day reduced the risk of a premature death by 12%.

Professor Terry Dwyer , author of the report, said: “Activity is a major public health problem, with conditions like obesity costing the economy tens of billions of dollars every year.

The great benefits of the outdoors: Strap on your shoes and get walking
The great benefits of the outdoors: Strap on your shoes and get walking

“This shows more clearly than before that the total amount of activity also affects life expectancy.

“Previous research measured physical activity by questionnaire only, but these results are more robust and give us greater confidence that we can prevent death from major diseases by being more active.

“This study should greatly encourage individuals to ensure they do regular exercise and prompt governments to create more opportunities for physical activity in communities.”

Pedometer pressure: Just under 7,600 steps to go
Pedometer pressure: Just under 7,600 steps to go

People with an average age of 59 years old were given pedometers and then studied at intervals over a 15 year period.

Researchers found the simple act of walking every day helped to prolong people’s life, regardless of how fat they were or whether they smoked or not.

“Exercise should now be seen as a potential means of increasing longevity,” Professor Dwyer added.

“We know through this research, that daily step count is inversely associated with all-cause mortality.

“People who increase their daily steps appear to have a substantial reduction in mortality risk.”