Research by Aussie Scientists found thay, if you want to have longer life, you might want to try picking up the pace.
People who walk fast tend to Live Longer. The researchers conducted the responses of more than 50,000 people to 11 surveys conducted in England and Scotland between 1994 and 2008.
“Walking pace is associated with all-cause mortality risk, but its specific role – independent from the total physical activity a person undertakes – has received little attention until now,” says Emmanuel Stamatakis from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre and School of Public Health.
A fast pace is ideally 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,” Professor Stamatakis explained.
“While sex and body mass index did not appear to influence outcomes, walking at an average or fast pace was associated with a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease. There was no evidence to suggest pace had a significant influence on cancer mortality however.”
“Assuming our results reflect cause and effect, these analyses suggest that increasing walking pace may be a straightforward way for people to improve heart health and risk for premature mortality—providing a simple message for public health campaigns to promote.
More information: Emmanuel Stamatakis et al, Self-rated walking pace and all-cause, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality: individual participant pooled analysis of 50 225 walkers from 11 population British cohorts, British Journal of Sports Medicine (2018). DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-098677