Scientists at the Biomedical Research Centre in Leicester, England, found that walking fast increases a person´s lifetime, studying 475,000 participants who responded whether their walking pace was slow, steady or fast. The results were as follows:
- Men who go at a fast pace have a life expectancy 19 years longer than those who prefer to go slow. In the case of women, their lifetime increases by 15 years.
- Life expectancy for men who walk fast is 86 years, while for those who walk slowly it is 65. For women, those who walk fast live about 87 years compared to 72 years for women who walk slowly.
The study´s lead author is Tom Yates; his work was published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Benefits of walking
A walk is an excellent way to improve health; according to experts, it has many benefits:
- Improves concentration
- Decreases stress
- Helps to fall asleep
- Good for losing weight and toning legs and buttocks
- Reduces the risk of hypertension