If there is one thing doctors extensively tell you then that is the need to keep yourself physically fit. There are several benefits you can entail by doing so. Foremost, protecting yourself from severe health complications. There is no one way to attain that purpose. You can shift between jogging, running, brisk walking or any other cardio exercise.
For many people, exercises like jogging or running seem too arduous. Particularly when you enter old age, you find how difficult they can be to carry them out.
The other and perhaps the only option you are left with is brisk walking.
While at first, you might wonder whether walking will actually yield you any advantage or not. That’s because you do not really get to hear about them in mainstream medical science.
In an attempt to investigate the health benefits of brisk walking, a group of researchers conducted a large scale observational study. Their findings can be considered as a big breakthrough, potentially changing the way you perceive cardiovascular activities.
The “Hidden” Benefit of Brisk Walking
Walking itself is great but brisk walking can be a lot more beneficial. A brisk walk is defined as moving at a pace of 3 mph or 4.8 km/h.
The scientists examined the data of around 480,000 participants who volunteered for the study. Accordingly, the brisk walking habit was compared with slow walking and none at all This was done to compare the risk of any health condition that may prevail in either of the three situations
Most participants were in the age group exceeding 50. No discrimination was made on the basis of gender or BMI index for a balanced conclusion.
Once the research ended, the results showed the vast health benefits of brisk walking. It was firstly, known to keep the individual free from obesity-related health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. More importantly, as a result, brisk walkers were known to live a much longer life.
For example, for male and female who walked briskly on a frequent basis, their average life span turned out to be 88 and 85 respectively. Compared with slow walkers or those who rarely walked having about 20 years lesser life span (females:70, male:66). Above that, the brisk walker group was also known to exhibit healthy mental traits with less risk of psychological ailments.
On an estimate, people who brisk-walked, followed their walking routine around 5-days a week and completed a distance between 3 to 6 km.
A Good Alternative
The study should validate one thing for certain: brisk walking is healthier than what we perceive it to be. It is a way of coping with serious obesity-related health conditions that can cause early deaths.
Having said that, one should eagerly look for adopting the practice as part of the daily course of life. If jogging/ running or any other high-interval cardio workout seems hard, fast-paced walking is a good alternative to start with.
For older people especially, this activity can prove to be utterly beneficial. The key thing is to find the inner motivation and get a kickstart towards physical exercise.