Judging by a new study of biologists from the University of Sydney, brisk, systematic walking can actually significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disorders and conditions, thereby indirectly increasing life expectancy. The results of the new study were published in the scientific journal British Journal of Sports Medicine, where experts explained all the subtleties of their experiment and shared some interesting features with the public. In particular, they noted that between normal and brisk walking, there is often a slight difference in reducing the risk of early mortality.
As the primary source, the specialists selected a special sociological sports study, based in the UK and lasting from 1994 to 2008 – mainly elderly people who systematically noted their physical activity during walks took part in this study. After a long and thorough analysis, specialists revealed an interesting interdependence – systematic brisk walking reduces the risk of the onset and development of cardiovascular diseases by about 25%, while normal walking only by 20%.
In principle, there is no big statistical difference here, however, experts explain that for some groups and categories of people this difference can play a significant role after reaching the age of 65 years, because it is at this age threshold that the processes of tissue and cell degradation are accelerated.
It is worth noting that systematic walking in this sense can be completely divorced from other physical activity of the individual. Thus, the Australian research team really proved the interdependence of systematic fast walking and lowering the risk of various cardiovascular diseases, noting that this threshold continues to decrease with age, which additionally signals that walking is the safest and most affordable means of naturally increasing duration of life!