Fascinating article about how fast people walk in their 40s is a sign of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are ageing, scientists have suggested.
Using a simple test of gait speed, researchers were able to measure the ageing process. Not only were slower walkers’ bodies ageing more quickly – their faces looked older and they had smaller brains. The international team said the findings were an “amazing surprise”.
In the study of 1000 people in New Zealand in general the slower walkers tended to show signs of “accelerated ageing” with their lungs, teeth and immune systems in worse shape than those who walked faster.
To see the full article follow this link: BBC Health
The greatest health benefits come from moderate intensity exercise so aim for a brisk pace when you walk out. SE Fitness walking groups always encourage you to go at a pace that will leave you feeling slightly breathless. We always make sure we put in a few good hills too!