There are two types of people in the world: those who are content to plod along at a snail's pace to their goal, and those who have things to do, places to go, and no time to be stuck behind the aforementioned slow pokes.
Fast walkers' frustrations have been reinforced by study, which has discovered that keeping a quick pace can actually help you live longer.
Over 50,000 UK people self-reported their average, perceived walking speed, as well as other health variables, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. They followed the participants for nine years and discovered that self-proclaimed fast and moderate speed walkers had a 20% lower death risk than slow walkers.
The researchers indicate that having a need for speed strengthens the heart more than taking slow steps, despite the fact that the study did not prove cause and effect. However, they point out that, rather than being a causal factor, walking at a faster pace can reflect a person's health, fitness, and physical function, predicting a reduced mortality risk.
According to first author Emmanuel Stamatakis, a professor of physical activity, lifestyle, and population health at the University of Sydney School of Medicine in Australia, “the primary takeaway message is that bumping up the pace may be a smart hack to make walking more health-enhancing.”
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