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.

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.