The Faster you Walk, the Longer you Live: Study


Walking briskly on an inclined treadmill is no big deal for anyone. However, this same activity becomes a mountain for someone over say 65-years old. Now, imagine someone who is 92-years old and is still able to walk on an inclined treadmill for a period of half an hour that too at a relatively swift pace.

Shocking? Right! Well, Edward Gerjuoy is the gentleman who can walk like this and is a living example of how staying fit apart from improving your standard of living also increases your longevity.

A study carried out by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh involving 34,000 people over the age of 65-years has found that gait speed and life expectancy of seniors is linked together. In the assessment, which lasted a period of 21-years and was divided into nine different studies, speed of all the participants was checked prior to the study, which involved their normal and comfortable gait speed.

People involved were anyone, who could walk, even those who used a cane or a walker. It was also found that people, who walked faster and had energy in the way they walked lived for a longer duration of time than others. It was also found that this form of assessing life expectancy was much better than checking the sex and the gender of a person.

Talking about the study, the Lead Author Dr. Stephanie Studenski opines, "It's a real part of the human experience to see that when someone slows down with age, they may not be doing as well as they once were".