Harvard Health Letter

How many steps should I take each day?

Ask the doctor Q. My smartphone tells me how many steps I take each day, but I donít know how many I should shoot for. What should my goal be? A. Youíve read in these pages and elsewhere that regular physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and possibly several types of cancer. Regular exercise also reduces the risk of premature death. No medicine yet invented can claim…

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