Taking a nice walk at a fast pace is enormously good for your health, so much so that you would gain 15 years of life compared to those who go off the road comfortably. In fact, a new study shows a significant difference in life expectancy related to walking speed, regardless of body weight. And this is especially true for women.
This is the research conducted at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) of the Leicester Biomedical Research Center, where the data of the British Biobank of almost 500 thousand people were analyzed, discovering that those who walked faster had longer life expectancies and the fastest walkers would have a lower body mass index (BMI), which is usually associated with better health.
In short, not only walking quickly reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer and is an excellent green method to lose weight, but it is also an elixir of life.
The research analyzed data from 474,919 people with an average age of 52 in the UK between 2006 and 2016. The team found that, regardless of weight, those with a usually fast pace of pace have a long expectation of life.
In particular, women who walked at a brisk pace had a life expectancy of 86.7-87.8 years, while women who walked at a slower pace had a life expectancy of 72.4. For men, instead, there was an expectation from 85.2 to 86.8 years for a fast pace and only 64.8 for those who walked slowly. Results that also apply in cases where people are severely overweight or obese.
“Our findings suggest that physical fitness is a better indicator of life expectancy than body mass index – explained Professor Tom Yates of the University of Leicester and principal author of the study – and that encourage people to walk I can quickly add years to their lives. ”
This is the first time that researchers associate the fast pace with a longer life expectancy regardless of a person’s body weight or the state of obesity.
According to Francesco Zaccardi, clinical epidemiologist at the Leicester Diabetes Center and co-author of the study, “the studies published so far have mainly shown the impact of body weight and physical form on mortality in terms of relative risk, for example a relative increase of 20% of the risk of death for every 5 kilograms per square meter of increase, compared to a reference value of a BMI of 25 kilograms per square meter (the BMI threshold between normal weight and overweight).
However, scholars conclude, it is not always easy to interpret a “relative risk”: the relationship in terms of life expectancy, on the contrary, is easier to interpret and gives a better idea of the importance of the body mass index and of physical form.
This means that you have no more excuses and, if you really don’t have the time to go to the gym between work and family commitments, it’s the right time to leave the car at home and trot on foot.
SOURCE: Greenme (Germana Carillo)