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Researchers find that adding two minutes of light exercise to each hour of your day lowers your risk of dying prematurely by 33 percent.

It's the latest research to show how important simply walking can be for your health. Earlier this year British researchers also found that just one, energetic, 20-minute daily stroll can slash your risk of early death. They tracked more than 330,000 European men and women over a 12-year span. Their definition of brisk: 3 to 4 miles per hour.

Walking is considered the "superfood of fitness," according to experts. A small study of non-obese men at Indiana University suggests that three 5-minute walks done throughout three hours of prolonged sitting (which many of us have to do during the day at work) can reverse the harmful effects of prolonged sitting on arteries in the legs.

And walking is really just as good for you as running, in terms of calories burned, according to an earlier report. That is, if you walk for a mile, you get the same benefits as running for a mile.

The recommended number of steps each day: 7,500 to 10,000.

So, get moving!