Most of us accept that more exercise is good for our health. The question is how to do it and how much walking exercise is necessary. Walking is an almost universal physical activity that should be beneficial. A group of 16,742 women with an average age of 72 was studied. They wore a device called an accelerometer that measures the number of steps you take each day for a week. The death rates in this group were recorded over a four-year period.
The average steps per day were calculated. The highest number was 8,442 and the lowest was 2,718 steps. Those in the group with the higher steps (4,400 up to 8,442) had the lowest death rates during the four year period.
With more walking, as measured by steps taken, older women lived longer. Although these women did not necessarily have HIV, their experience should be applicable to older women with HIV. The level of 4,400 steps is about 2 miles or approximately 20 blocks. Although you may be rather sedentary and averaging about 2000 steps per day, by gradually doubling your walking activity you could have positive effects on your survival – prolonging your life.
Lee I-Min et al., (2019) Association of Step Volume and Intensity With All-Cause Mortality in Older Women. Published online May 29, 2019. Brigham and Women’s Hospital