Study Finds Fast Walkers Live Longer Than Their Slower Counterparts


Time to get those legs working!

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Finally, some good news if you’re sick and tired of overtaking folks on the pavement.

Fast walkers are more likely to live longer than slow walkers, according to research.

According to data from nearly 400,000 Britons tracked for over a decade, as published by The Telegraph, people who identify as “brisk walkers” have a 25% lower risk of dying from a malignant illness.

Fast walkers also have a 60% lower chance of dying from cardiovascular disease.

So, if you’re the type of person who like to simply take their time and enjoy the moment, you might want to consider picking up the pace.

We asked the participants if they would define their walking speed as quick, sluggish, or average in order to establish their pace.

A speed guide was provided to the participants, showing that slow was defined as less than 3 mph, average as 3–4 mph, and brisk as more than 4 mph.

“Compared to slow walkers, both brisk and average walkers are associated with lower rates of deaths related to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other causes” the study authors write in their study, published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases.

“Therefore, walking speed could be used in routine clinical practice as a predictive marker for cardiovascular disease and other-cause related mortality in particular.”

Dr. Jonathan Goldney, the study’s principal author from the University of Leicester, is now urging people to speed up the pace whenever possible because it may lengthen their lives and have other positive effects on their health.

“Doctors should also consider asking their patients how quickly they walk, as it turns out that this can tell them a lot about their risk of death, which may guide the use of strategies to prevent early death and disease,” he said, as per the outlet.

Similar findings were made last year by the Universities of Sydney and Southern Denmark, who discovered that 10,000 steps a day help reduce the risk of illness and death.

Seven years later, the health outcomes of 78,500 UK adults who wore wearable trackers for a two-year period were compared by researchers.

The co-lead author of the study and a research scholar at the University of Sydney, Dr. Matthew Ahmadi, called 10,000 steps per day the “sweet spot” since it could cut your risk of dementia by nearly 50%.

He stated that you would lower it by between 30% and 40% if you had cancer or cardiovascular disease.

Thus, step on it rather than simply walking folks!