To Your Health
June, 2019 (Vol. 13, Issue 06)
Walk Faster, Live Longer
By Editorial Staff
Sounds like a simple premise, although not nearly enough people seem to be believers these days. Yes, walking faster can increase your life expectancy – a great reason to step things up the next time you step out your door.
Here's the connection, based on new research: Among a large study population (nearly 500,000 participants, average age 58 years at baseline), people with a habitually fast walking pace lived longer than people with a habitually slower walking pace, pure and simple. Even more interesting, body weight or obesity status didn't play a role; walk faster, live longer. In fact, according to the study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings
, people who were underweight
and generally walked slow had the lowest
These findings don't negate the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, of course, but they do underscore the value of physical activity / physical fitness when it comes to longevity. And all it takes is stepping up the pace when walking? Count us in; what about you?