Walking faster could make you live longer with better life

Increased walking pace associated with reduced mortality risk or you can say speeding up your walking pace could extend your life — this is revealed by scientist in a research led by the University of Sydney.

Walking at an average pace was found to be associated with a 20 percent risk reduction for all-cause mortality compared with walking at a slow pace, while walking at a brisk or fast pace was associated with a risk reduction of 24 percent.

A similar result was found for risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, with a reduction of 24 percent walking at an average pace and 21 percent walking at a brisk or fast pace, compared to walking at a slow pace.

The protective effects of walking pace were also found to be more pronounced in older age groups.

Average pace walkers aged 60 years or over experienced a 46 percent reduction in risk of death from cardiovascular causes, and fast pace walkers a 53 percent reduction.

“A fast pace is generally five to seven kilometres per hour, but it really depends on a walker’s fitness levels; an alternative indicator is to walk at a pace that makes you slightly out of breath or sweaty when sustained,” Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the University of Sydney explained.

In light of the findings, the research team is calling for walking pace to be emphasised in public health messages.

Source: University of Sydney.

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