Why a Brisk Walk Is Better

Why a Brisk Walk Is Better
The New York Times, 12/05/2013

Walking, fast or slow, is wonderful exercise. But now a first–of–its–kind study shows that to get the most health benefits from walking, many of us need to pick up the pace. The findings stem from a new analysis of the National Walkers’ Health Study, a large database of information maintained at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory about thousands of middle–age men and women who walk regularly for exercise. Recruited beginning in 1998 at walking events and from lists of subscribers to walking–related publications, these volunteers filled out a lengthy survey about their typical walking distance and pace, as well as their health history and habits. Paul T. Williams, a statistician at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, gathered data about 7,374 male and 31,607 female participants from the walkers’ health study, who represented almost every speed of fitness walker, from sluggish to swift. His findings were published online this month in PLoS One. Unexpectedly, the death rate remained high among the slowest walkers, even if they met or exceeded the standard exercise guidelines and expended as much energy per day as someone walking briskly for 30 minutes. This effect was most pronounced among the slowest of the slow walkers, whose pace was 24 minutes per mile or higher. They were 44 percent more likely to have died than walkers who moved faster, even if they met the exercise guidelines.

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