Different people have a different walking pace. Some are slow walkers, some are brisk walkers while others maintain a steady pace. A new report says that brisk walkers can live a longer life than slow walkers. Let’s dive into this latest research work below:
What Did This Study Find?
A new study suggests that walking faster can increase your chances of living longer regardless of how much you weigh. Those people who walked briskly lived a longer lifespan than those who walked slowly. This is according to a research work published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Fast walking here refers to walking 3 miles per hour or 100 steps per minute. Scientists looked at the walking habits and deaths of about 475,000 people. These participants were above the age of 50 when this study started. However, there was a limitation to this study; participants reported their pace themselves and categorized it as a slow pace, average pace or brisk pace.
Fast walkers lived a longer life because it benefited cardiovascular health. Also, because fast walking was an indicator of overall good health. The study’s lead researcher, Dr. Francesco Zaccardi, said, “This result indicates that physical function is a stronger determinant of longevity than body mass index, and also people with high body mass index but with a good fitness may survive longer.”
Fast walking women lived for about 87 years. This is in comparison to women who walked slow and lived for 72 years. Similarly, in case of men, brisk walkers had a lifespan of 86 years. While slow walkers had a lifespan of 65 years.
It is not a new finding that walking is good for health. Brisk walking is a low-intensity form of cardio. It has positive effects on lifespan and overall physical health.
Benefits Of Brisk Walking
Another recent study that had 50,000 participants found that brisk walking can reduce risk of premature death by 20%. It also found that brisk walking reduces risk of death by cardiovascular disease or stroke by 24%. The same study also found that fast walking is more beneficial for those who belong to the older age group.
A 2013 National Walkers’ Health Study also found that early deaths clustered around those who walked slow. Other than this, brisk walking also strengthens bones and muscles, improves mood, wards off obesity, and prevents conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. Fast walking also better balance and coordination.
However, a study of 2005 found that walking at a slower pace burned more calories and reduced pressure on joints by up to 25%. At the end of the day, it depends on your joint health and your physician’s opinion but overall the latest researches favor brisk walking.
A new study has found that brisk walking can reduce risk of early death. Walking slowly can cause a premature death. No wonder because brisk walking is good for cardiovascular health.