Do you want to prolong your life? Please add some energy in your footsteps, according to a recent study.
Accordingly, moderate walking can reduce the risk of death by as much as 20% compared to slow walking rate, while walking with the hustle or faster speed can reduce the risk of death by 24%.
The study also found that people who were 60 years old or older walking at an average speed decreased the risk of death by 46% due to cardiovascular causes, and people walking with faster speed reduced the risk of death by 53%.
These findings was published in a special edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine dedicated to walking and health, compiled by Emmanuel Stamatakis, a professor of physical, lifestyle and population health at the Charles Perkins Center of University of Sydney and School of Public Health at University of Sydney.
“A fast speed is usually 5-7 km/h, but it really depends on the bearing capacity of exercise volume and the recovery time of the pedestrian,” Mr.Stamatakis said.
He has another suggestion to increase your heart rate: “Please walk at a speed that makes you short of breath or sweat.”
The research is the collaboration between Universities of Sydney, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Limerick and Ulster. The researchers linked death records with the results of 11 population-based surveys in England and Scotland from 1994 to 2008, in which participants reported their walking speed.
A recent study by University of Harvard concluded that you could live for 10 years by following five habits: healthy eating, exercising 30 minutes a day or more, maintaining a healthy weight – it means that you have to a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 to 24.9 – no smoking and only having moderate amounts of alcohol.