A research study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, reports that if you pick up your pace while you’re walking, you can….
So what’s considered a good speed for walking?
an average speed is anything around 3 mph or less
a faster speed is 3.25 to 4.35mph
Researchers said that a good indicator that you’re walking at a fast pace is that eventually you start to feel slightly out of breath or sweaty.
In general walking anywhere from an average speed to a fast speed is reported to cut the risk of death by more than 20% over a 15 year period.
Specifically the results from this study reported…
People who walked at an “average pace” decreased their chance of mortality by a fifth
People who walked at a “brisk or fast pace” decreased their chance of mortality by almost a quarter
The researches also discovered that the older a person is, the bigger the bonus effects.
People who were aged 60 or older who walked regularly wound up reducing their risk of death from heart disease by 53 per cent for those who waked fast, compared to 46 per cent for those who walked at a steady pace.
It’s important to note that the researchers were unable to find a link between walking pace and the risk of dying of cancer.
Professor Stamatakis suggested that simply walking at a faster pace is the solution to those who feel they don’t have enough time to walk more overall.P.S. Do YOU hope to live to be part of what I call “The Wellderly” – living longer and younger? If so, check out my longevity book LIFE IS LONG -which has lots of research on how to live longer and younger!
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