Walk faster to live longer

The protective effects are greatest for older people

Middle-aged people may do well to ramp up their daily constitutional, with the latest evidence suggesting that walking quickly helps to prolong life.

The University of Sydney study has found that even walking at an average pace is associated with a 20% risk reduction for all-cause mortality compared with walking at a slow pace.

Meanwhile, brisk walking is associated with a risk reduction of 24%. 

Cardiovascular disease mortality risk is reduced by 24% when walking at an average pace and 21% when walking briskly compared with slow pokes.

Not surprisingly, the protective effects of walking fast are even greater in older age groups. 

The researchers report that average pace walkers aged 60 or over experienced a 46% reduction in risk of death from cardiovascular causes, and quick walkers a 53% reduction.

Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine,