Research says 8,600 steps per day will prevent weight gain

For those of you who count steps on your fitness tracker, we’ve got your magic number.

New research says 8,600 steps a day will prevent weight gain in adults according to new research.

That number jumps to 11,000 steps a day for adults who are already overweight, but want to halve their odds of becoming obese. According to America’s Health Rankings, 34 percent of Nebraska’s adults suffer from obesity.

Researchers in this latest study followed more than 6,000 people for four years to gather the findings which were published on Monday.

Studies also show the average person gains one to two pounds every year from young adulthood through middle age.

Walking can help prevent that while also helping with other conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and depression. The CDC says even moving just 20 minutes a day is highly beneficial to your health.



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