Many fast walkers have been very annoyed when walking down a street and someone in front of them is basically crawling with the maximum speed of a snail.
Basically, you’re late to a meeting and you’re walking on your way there at a normal pace. However, there’s that ONE person that’s very slow and because you can’t walk past him, you just simply can’t reach the meeting at the time. So annoying.
However, with this scientific fact, us fast walkers can finally have our own laugh since if you are a fast walker, you can live up to 15 more years than the ones that walk slow.
A team at Leicester University conducted this research and analyzed data from 474,919 people in the UK between 2006 and 2016 with an average age of 52.
This team found out that the people who walk fast out of habit live a longer life. They also found out that their weight did not matter, as long as they are walking fast.
Women that walked quickly usually lived from 86.7 to 87.8 years old and as opposed to them, the slow walking women’s life expectancy is around 72.4. Fast walking men live from 85.2 to 86.8 years old, whereas the slow walkers’ life expectancy drops very low to just 64.8 years.
This is the first times that experiments have proven that fast walking pace can have any type of connection with human’s life expectancy regardless of the person’s weight.
The lead author of the study, Professor Tom Yates of the University of Leicester released this statement:
“Our findings could help clarify the relative importance of physical fitness compared to body weight on the life expectancy of individuals. In other words, the findings suggest that perhaps physical fitness is a better indicator of life expectancy than body mass index (BMI) and that encouraging the population to engage in brisk walking may add years to their lives.”
The research was done from data from the UK Biobank and that data was analyzed by the National Institute for Health Research, Universities of Leicester and Loughborough, and the Leicester Hospitals.
A clinical epidemiologist and co-author of the study, Dr. Francesco Zaccardi at the Leicester Diabetes Centre stated the following:
“Studies published so far have mainly shown the impact of body weight and physical fitness on mortality in terms of relative risk, for example, a 20 percent relative increase of risk of death for every 5 kilograms per meters squared increase, compared to a reference value of a BMI of 25 kilograms per meters squared (the threshold BMI between normal weight and overweight). However, it is not always easy to interpret a ‘relative risk’. Reporting in terms of life expectancy, conversely, is easier to interpret and gives a better idea of the separate and joint importance of body mass index and physical fitness.”