The faster you walk as a senior, the less chance you have of death!
That’s a bit of an oversimplification, but this interesting study which analyzed data from 7 previous papers did provide some interesting food for thought.
They looked at data on over 27000 independent seniors (not living in assistance or nursing homes) and found that the faster their baseline gait speed was, the lower their rates of disability were. On average, a natural gait speed difference of 1km/per hour accounted for up to 4 years of additional longevity in men, and up to 6 years for women.
Basically, the faster a senior’s walking speed is, the longer they would be expected to live; and the less cognitive and physical limitations they are expected to have.
While we cannot force ourselves to adopt a faster walking speed, it does go to show that maintaining good mobility, and an active lifestyle (including regular walking) could be quite important to improving our longevity.
Submitted courtesy of Kanata Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic, www.KanataPhysiotherapy.Com