A recent study by the University of Leicester shows that your heart health is determined by the speed at which you walk.
A middle aged adult who walks slowly is prone to high chances of heart disease when compared to brisk walkers of the same age.
Tom Yates, the principal author of the study said, “Our study was interested in the links between the slow, brisk and steady walkers and their chances of being attacked by heart diseases in the future.”
U.K Biobank has conducted a study on four lakh middle aged people between the year 2006 and 2010. At the time of study, Biobank made sure that the selected candidates were healthy and fit.
After a thorough follow-up of 6.3 years, the researchers have found that there were 8,598 deaths out of which 1,654 people died due to heart disease and remaining due to other health issues.
From this study, the researches came to a conclusion that the speed at which an individual walks are linked to the likelihood of the heart disease.
Yates said, “Habitual walking pace is an independent predictor of heart-related deaths.” People who walk slowly are twice as likely to get a heart-related disease when compared to the brisk and steady walkers. These findings are common among both men and women.
A study conducted by Tufts University shows that walking steady or faster has many cardiovascular benefits among the older and mid-aged adults. Another study from Ohio State University shows that walking at various speeds can burn more than 20 percent of the calories when compared to slow walkers.
Mild cognitive impairment is found to be 9 times higher in the slow walkers when compared to fast walkers.