Hiking in Montana? A new study shows that less could be more.

It’s no secret that here in Montana, we are incredibly blessed when it comes to the outdoors. The mountains, streams, and hiking trails provide plenty of options for those looking to get some exercise while enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

In fact, Montana offers over 12 hundred hiking trails across the state.

No matter your skill level, you’re sure to find a trail for you. Plus, we all know the health benefits of walking and walking. For years we’ve been told that we should all strive to hit the 10,000 step mark to get the best health benefits, however, new research suggests that this number is not correct. So what is the “new” step number? 15 thousand steps? 20 thousand?

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Photo by Alex Gorey on Unsplash

In fact, it’s not more, it’s less.

Yes, a new study suggests we may have been a little off the 10,000 step question. So if the “magic number” isn’t 10,000 steps, then what is? According to a study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the number of steps we should aim to take each day is between 6,000 and 8,000 steps per day.

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Photo by Hans Isaacson on Unsplash

What are the health benefits of walking between 6,000 and 8,000 steps a day? How about reducing your risk of premature death by 54%? Yes, you could cut your chances of dying by over 50% just by walking a few thousand steps a day.

There is a kicker though, it seems to be an advantage for those under 60.

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Photo by Ashley Gear on Unsplash

You can of course walk upwards of 6-8,000 steps a day, and as the weather warms up and we start hitting the trails more here in Montana, most of us will. However, if you are looking for a little exercise that will benefit you MORE, spend time in the beauty of Montana’s nature, remember, sometimes less is more and a short hike may be all you need. you need.

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