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Faster Is Healthier When It Comes To Walking – Study

December 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
People who walk regularly for exercise generally assume that it’s healthful for them, even if they walk more slowly for longer periods of time, expending about the same energy as brisk walkers in  shorter periods of time. But now a large-scale U.S. study – data gathered from 7,374 male and 31,607 female participants who reported walking at a wide variety of speeds – found that faster  walking is more beneficial. The researchers cross-referenced the data against the National Death Index, finding that deaths since 1998 were disproportionately clustered among the slowest walkers (i.e., three miles an hour or slower). They  were especially vulnerable to dying from heart disease and dementia.
Gretchen Reynolds, "Why a Brisk Walk Is Better ", The New York Times, December 04, 2013, © The New York Times Company
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