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Busier equals better for physical activity levels

November 1, 2022

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The more places you visit each day — such as when you’re shopping or running errands — the higher your step counts, a new study suggests.

The study, published in the September/October 2022 issue of Geriatric Nursing, tracked 133 older adults in Japan (average age 73, two-thirds women) over 14 days using GPS sensors and accelerometers. Participants visited an average of 2.5 places each day, spending an average of 3.5 hours outside their homes while doing so. Each additional place visited equated to an additional 1,324 steps taken that day. Out-of-home time by itself didn’t appear to influence step counts.

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Maureen Salamon, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Maureen Salamon is executive editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later covered health and medicine for a wide variety of websites, magazines, and hospitals. Her work has … See Full Bio
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