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ANOTHER REASON TO walk and to walk fast; DR MIRIAM STOPPARD; Helping to keep you fit and healthy.

Byline: MIRIAM STOPPARD

The speed you walk at can predict your life expectancy. The faster you walk the longer you live and vice versa.

The new research from Leicester's Hospitals, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University using data from 474,919 people, found those who habitually walk fast have a long life expectancy, irrespective of weight.

Underweight people with a slow walking pace have the lowest life expectancy (an average of 64.8 years for men, 72.4 years for women). The same pattern of results was found for waist circumference measurements.

This is the first time research has linked fast walking with a longer life expectancy irrespective of body weight or obesity.

Professor Tom Yates of the University of Leicester and a lead author of the study, said: "Our findings could help clarify the relative importance of physical fitness compared to body weight."

In other words, physical fitness is a better indicator of life expectancy than body mass index (BMI), and that brisk walking should be encouraged.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2019
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