Want to live longer? Study says walking fast could help you achieve that

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  • Study says brisk walk could lead to a longer life compared to walking in a slower pace
  • Women who walk more quickly has a life span of about 87 years while women who walk slowly has 72 years
  • Men who walk quickly can have up to 86 years of life span

We are always told to take things slow in almost all aspects of life.

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We are told to take our meal slowly even when we’re already running late for school or for work. We are told to take our relationship with someone slow, so we could not make decisions that we would only regret. In life, we are also told to take things slow, one goal at a time.

But not with this new study that says fast-paced walking is linked to longevity. Researchers revealed that taking a brisk walk could lead to a longer life compared to walking in a slower pace. Before arriving into this conclusion, the researchers first monitored the walking habits and the years of existence of nearly 475,000 people. Most of them were in their 50s when the study started, a report said.

Through participant’s self-reported pace, the researchers monitored them within a decade from 2006 to 2016. It was revealed that participants who do brisk walking had longer life expectancies while participants with slower pace had shorter life expectancies.

Researchers underscored that physical function is a “stronger determinant”  of longevity than body mass index. The research also showed that women who walked more quickly had a life span of about 87 years while women who walked slowly had 72 years.

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Men, on the other hand, who walked quickly had a life span of about 86 years while men who walked more slowly had 65 years. In this particular aspect of life, maybe the famed phrase “take it slow” cannot be applied. Maybe we can now start taking fast walks in a bid to achieve a longer life. We all want that, right?
A nutritionist and a certified personal trainer told Healthline that walking faster is a very-low intensity cardio exercise and “if done on a regular basis, it will strengthen and condition your heart.” Whether you’re overweight or in shape, “fast walking does have positive physical effects on your body and life expectancy,” it said.