Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "
You have to walk that many minutes every day if you want to live longer
The researchers then followed the study participants until 2015. They kept track of which participants died - and what the medical cause of their death was.
In fact, healthy adults who do not engage in sports or physical activity should take 10,000 steps every day, health scientists think.
The more steps the study participants walked on a daily basis, the less likely they were to die. Compared to the study participants who walked 4000 steps [about 3 kilometers] daily, the participants with 8000 steps per day were 51 percent less likely to die. If the number of steps per day rose to 12000, the risk of death dropped by 65 percent.
The protective effect of the number of steps was slightly greater for cardiovascular death than for cancer death.
The researchers also split their effects by age. They found that people in their 50s and 60s who walked 10,000-12,000 steps a day could bring their mortality rates to the same level as those in their 40s who also walked 10,000-12,000 steps a day. This was no longer possible for the over-65s, but a lifestyle with 10,000-12,000 steps per day also significantly reduced the risk of death.
The researchers also determined whether it mattered at what pace the study participants walked. Contrary to other reports, this was not the case in this study.