It’s not how fast you walk, but how many steps you take that helps you live longer.

Science News shares 10 years of step-counting longevity research that indicates that slow, steady, and not stopping is the way to win the race – or at least to lengthen your lifespan:

A new study of nearly 5,000 people finds an association between the total number of steps per day and the risk of dying for any reason. Among the 655 participants who took fewer than 4,000 steps per day, the mortality rate was 76.7 per 1,000 people per year. (In distance, 4,000 steps is roughly 3 kilometers.) But among the 1,727 people who managed 4,000–7,999 steps per day, the death rate plummeted to 21.4 per 1,000 people.

It got even better for the next group: Among the 1,539 people taking 8,000 to just under 12,000 daily steps, the annual death rate was 6.9 per 1,000 people, researchers report online March 24 in JAMA.

You can read the JAMA article here.