Walking Faster Makes You Live Longer

Everybody walks everyday, but the walking speed varies. Do you know those walking faster benefit more from walking and may live a longer life? A research led by the University of Sydney just reported as a result from their long-time research.

According to the research, 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.

Also for cardiovascular disease mortality specifically, walking at an average pace shows 24 percent reduction compared to walking at a slow pace, and walking at a brisk or fast pace shows a 21 percent reduction.

Speeding up your walking pace could extend your life, research led by the University of Sydney suggests. Furthermore, the protective effects were 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.

How fast is a fast pace then? As Professor Stamatakis said, “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.”

This research linked mortality records with the results of 11 population-based surveys in England and Scotland between 1994 and 2008, and it’s a collaboration between the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre and Faculty of Medicine and Health, the University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Limerick and University of Ulster.

And this result didn’t appear affected by gender and BMI.

It’s sometimes mentioned that physical exercises help cancer patients, however, in this research, there was no evidence to suggest pace had a significant influence on cancer mortality.

In a word, walking at the average pace or fast pace could extend your life. So everybody let’s walk up.


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