I read recently that on the evening of Thanksgiving and the evening of Christmas day, more people in the United States are out walking than at any other time of the year. Hm-mm, I thought the tryptophan from the turkey dinner glued everyone to their sofas?
In the same vein, a new study shows that people who have a naturally fast walk live significantly longer than the slowest walkers. People who live in New York City apparently benefit the most from their fast walking habits. Supposedly this study was adjusted for age, illness, sex, weight, etc. That makes me trust the results more since my first thought was….. Of course they do, the slowest walkers are already unhealthy, overweight or depressed.
I am a fast walker. I have often been told to slow down as it is not healthy to rush everywhere. Now I have a quick, scientifically supported, answer for all the slow pokes!
Enjoy your brisk after dinner walks this holiday season. Maybe even try to pick up the pace a notch in the coming year!