WALKING, LIKE FATE – BOTH DEPEND ON YOU
The truth is almost cliché: walking is the key to good health. Not everyone is aware of even the most common truths, though, as evidence shows recently. Usually, they run tests to assess the general state of health. You have a nurse or assistant measure your blood pressure and weight in the waiting room, asking a few questions while suppressing a yawn.
However, they never ask about (nor will write down) the speed at which you walk.
That’s unfortunate, at least according to researchers at UCLA. Christina Dieli-Conwright says it’s a good basis for prediction. It reflects a patient’s general condition and may suggest where problems lie, as well.
Previous studies support this idea. In summary, a faster pace means a lower risk of prematurely departing for the hereafter.
UCLA has studied how all kinds of physical activity affect the performance of patients with breast cancer.
It’s clear that when a person’s health deteriorates, they also lose strength. Therefore, they are slower than before. Chemotherapy, for example, sometimes leads to being bedridden.
But it’s interesting that it’s possible to predict such affects by their speed of movement.
Patients who walk at a faster pace than others, prior to surgery, lose less strength during treatment and recover faster.
FASTER WALKING – THE TRUMP CARD
Now comes the most important question. What if you start walking faster than you used to? Does it reduce the likelihood of problems?
Experts make no such claim. Is it simply because there’s no adequate research?
The main takeaway for our readers here is that if your walking pace is comfortable, you need to speed it up.
According to some data, walking governs biological age, which is different than what’s on your passport.
There was, according to legend, a psychiatrist who could diagnose patients by their gait. It was enough for him to see how patients entered the office.
So walking speed is a somewhat straight-forward parameter of health, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty accurate.
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