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

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — 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.

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% of Nebraska adults are obese.

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 that the average person gains 1 to 2 pounds every year from young adulthood through middle age.

Walking can help prevent that while also helping alleviate conditions like diabetes, hypertension and depression.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says even moving just 20 minutes a day is highly beneficial to your health.

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