The Faster You Walk, The Healthier For Long-term Health and Fitness
Some of us like to walk around and smell the roses, while others march to their destination with their feet taking them. A new study to date has found that those who report faster walking have a lower risk of premature death.
We studied over 50,000 walkers over the 30-year-old who lived in Britain between 1994 and 2008. We collected data on these toys, including how fast they thought they were walking, and then we looked at their health outcomes (after controlling to make sure the results were not due to poor health or other habits such as smoking and exercise).
We see any speed in slowly reducing the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease or stroke. Compared to slow walkers, the average walker average has a 20% lower risk of early death from any cause, and a 24% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.
Those who reported walking at a high or high speed had a lower risk of 24 early death from any cause and a lower 21 risk of death from cardiovascular causes.
We also find that the beneficial effects of fast walking are more apparent in older ages. For example, average walkers aged 60 years or older experienced a 46% reduction in risk of death from cardiovascular causes, and fast walkers experienced a 53% reduction. Compared to slow walkers, fast or fast toys aged 45-59 had a 36% lower risk of early death from any cause.
In older age groups (but not in the full sample or younger age groups), we also found that there was a linearly higher reduction in the risk of premature death.
What does this mean
Our results suggest that walking at an average, fast or fast pace can be beneficial for long-term health and longevity compared to slow walking, especially for older people.
But we also need to be careful that our study is observational, and that we do not have complete control over all possible influences it can establish that it is the sole thought that produces healthful effects. For example, it may be that at least healthy people report slow walking as a result of their poor health, and they also end up dying for the same reason.
To minimize these instances of reverse causality , we excluded all who had heart disease, suffered a stroke, or had cancer at the start of the study, as well as those who died during the first two years of follow-up.
Another important point is that participants in our study reported their average speed, which means that responses were about perceived speed. There are no established standards for what “slow”, “average” or “swift” walking means in terms of speed. The perceived “fast” pace of walking by a very sedentary and physically unfit 70-year-old is quite different from that of a sporty and fit 45-year-old.
For this reason, our results can be interpreted as reflecting the relative (in one’s physical capacity) walking intensity. That is, the higher the physical exertion while walking, the better health outcomes.
For the generally relatively healthy middle-aged population, a walking speed of between 6 and 7.5 km / h will be fast and long lasting, which will make most people breath. A walking speed of 100 steps per minute is considered to be roughly equivalent to moderate intensity physical activity.
We know walking is a great activity for health , accessible to most people of all ages. Our findings suggest that it is a good idea to grow up to a certain speed to challenge our physiology and may make walking more than just an exercise.
The long-term benefits, faster pace will get us to our destination faster and save time for all the other things that make our daily activities special, such as spending time with loved ones or reading a great book.