You will be very surprised to know that your walking speed can determine your life expectancy. A recent study has shown some results which claims that the speed at which you walk can determine how long you will live.
According to the study people who walk slowly have a lower life expectancy than those who walk fast. The study was published in the Journal of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study explains that people who walk faster naturally have a long life expectancy irrespective of their weight.
The study further mentioned that people who are underweight with a slow walking speed have the lowest expectancy- an average of 64.8 years for men whereas 72.4 years for women.
“Our findings could help clarify the relative importance of physical fitness compared to body weight on the life expectancy of individuals. In other words, the findings suggest that perhaps physical fitness is a better indicator of life expectancy than body mass index (BMI) and that encouraging the population to engage in brisk walking may add years to their lives,” said professor Tom Yates the lead author of the study.