Middle-aged men or women slow walkers are more likely to die from heart disease
An analytical study by researchers at the University of Leicester, the United Kingdom involving 420,727 individuals across Leicestershire, United Kingdom over a six years period shows higher risk of heart diseases among those middle-aged men or women who are slow walkers compared to others. This study suggests overall physical fitness can be measured with a walking pace of an individual. Participants were without cancer or heart diseases at the start of the study. The researchers found following in their study
This may be because people who walk faster tend to do more exercise and physically more active. Physically active people are protected against obesity, blood pressure and other risk factors associated with heart diseases. Researchers say high mortality risk and low physical fitness people can be identified with the help of self-reported walking pace of an individual.
The research team also conducted analytical studies to ascertain handgrip strength as a good predictor of heart disease death. Their study results appear to show handgrip strength is a weak predictor of heart-related deaths. These criteria cannot be generalized to all population.
The lead author of the study was Dr. Tom Yates, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Health, College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, University of Leicester. The study findings were published on August 21, 2017, in the European Heart Journal. Title of the article was "Association of walking pace and handgrip strength with all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality: a UK Biobank observational study."
Walking : Daily walking exercise can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), blood pressure (hypertension), body weight and stress/anxiety/depression. Walking increases good cholesterol (HDL), bone health and life expectancy. Earlier studies show walking reduces the risk of diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, dementia, Alzheimer's, cancer, coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes and osteoporosis. Experts say an individual will get the best health benefits if he walks at a speed of more than 2.5 miles per hour (4.0 km per hour). Following table categories walking speed.
An individual should burn 3,500 calories of energy to lose one pound of body weight. Use this energy expenditure formula to calculate how many calories per hour you will burn with an activity.
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