Slow walkers are twice at risk of heart-related death: Study

Slow walkers are twice at risk of heart-related death: Study

Middle-aged healthy slow walkers face a significantly higher risk of dying due to heart disease than those who walk at a brisk pace, a new study revealed.

A team of researchers at the University of Leicester followed more than 420,000 individuals over a period of 6 years to assess death rates. They were surprised to find that slow walkers were 1.8 to 2.4 times more prone to die of heart disease.

Professor Tom Yates, who led the study, said that people’s walking pace could be a strong indicator of overall health and fitness.

Sharing findings of the study, Yates said, “Self-reported walking pace could be used to identify individuals who have low physical fitness and high mortality risk. This suggests that habitual walking pace is an independent predictor of heart-related death.”

The researchers also took into account risk factors like BMI, smoking and diet, but they determined that the alarming conclusion still applied to both sexes.

Heart disease, which is often caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity, is the leading cause of death in the United States and second to dementia in Britain.