Step up: brisk walking adds two decades for men

Speedy walkers have a 50% lower risk of dying of all causes than those who amble

Dawdlers need to pick up their walking pace for a long life, according to a large UK study that found brisk walkers can expect to live up to two decades longer than amblers.

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Based on data from nearly 475,000 adults (mean age 58), the University of Leicester-led study reports that walking pace is a powerful predictor of life expectancy, even in the morbidly obese.

Across eight BMI ranges, women who perambulate at a cracking pace have a higher life expectancy at age 45 (87-88) than those who walk slowly (72- 85), the researchers report in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings

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