Studies: Fast walkers live longer
According to recent studies, fast walkers tend to have a longer life expectancy than slow walkers.
The U.K. BioBank used data from 474,919 people, and according to the data provided, “people with a habitually fast walking pace have a long life expectancy across all levels of weight status, from underweight to morbidly obese.”
The lowest life expectancy are in individuals who are overweight and tend to have a slower walking pace. There is an average life expectancy of 64.8 years for men and 72.4 for women within this category.
The same “pattern of results” was seen by waist circumference measurements.
According to a professor of physical activity, sedentary behavior and health at the University of Leicester in England and a lead author of the study, Tom Yates, “Our findings could help clarify the relative importance of physical fitness compared to body weight on life expectancy of individuals.”
Findings have suggested that exercising may be the key to a longer, fulfilling, and healthy life. Yates believes that brisk walking may add years to your life.
Another study conducted by Yates and his team suggested that middle-aged people who are “slow walkers” also have a higher chance of developing heart disease.
This study was also founded by the U.S. BioBank and determined that “slow walkers were twice as likely to have a heart-related death as fast walkers, even when other risk factors such as smoking and body mass index were taken into account.”
According to Dr. Francesco Zaccardi, clinical epidemiologist at the Leicester Diabetes Centre and co-author of the study, “Reporting in terms of life expectancy, conversely, is easier to interpret and gives a better idea of the separate and joint importance of body mass index and physical fitness.”