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Walking Speed May Indicate Life Expectancy

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Recently, some medical fitness experts reported that walking speed may indicate life expectancy, or how long you'd still live. The faster you can walk the longer you might live, say fitness experts.

The study said people who walk slow, especially those who can't manage to walk any faster, may be manifesting a heart problem or weakness.

It's not always a sure diagnosis and should not be depended upon, but most likely the inability to walk fast may be pointing to a heart problem that needs to be remedied. Of course, actual heart check up by a professional heart specialist has no substitute.

Don't force yourself to walk fast if you can't. Go see your heart doctor first. But if you can walk fast but are not exerting yourself enough to do so, you may be losing opportunity to better your life expectancy. You'd probably prolong your life by trying to do faster each day--if these fitness experts are right about their conclusion that walking speed may indicate life expectancy. To ve sure, progressive brisk walking does your heart a lot of good. Just make sure you have regular medical check ups.

The gauge to see if you're walking beyond your capacity is this: if you can still talk without effort or gasping too much for air, then your brisk walk is okay. If you start gasping too much for air, reduce your pace until you feel you're breathing normal again. Then start gradually walking fast.

I tend to believe that walking speed may indicate life expectancy. And since I read this news I've been gradualy increasing my walking speed. And it's been doing a lot of added wonders to my walking experience.

Walking is the perfect exercise: research shows that taking a brisk walk can benefit your heart, body, and mind--at any age.(http://walking.about. com)(www.nsga.org): ... An article from: Food & Fitness Advisor

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