According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine if you walk just 2 hours a week (at a pace of 3 miles/hour) you could reduce your risk of “developing or dying from chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, stroke, and some cancers.”
This is less than recently thought. Researchers studied thousands of men and women in their late 60’s and early 70’s which is unusual because most studies looked at walking in younger age groups. So, if you’re an older American and you needed evidence that increasing your physical activity was going to help, this is it.
The researchers conclude, “Engaging in any walking…even if not meeting the minimum recommended levels, is associated with lower mortality compared with inactivity.” They say that if you did meet the minimum walking recommendations you could live longer, have better mental health, improved thinking and a lower risk of other chronic diseases. Sadly, the researchers point out that “less than half of older adults meet physical activity recommendations.” You don’t have to be in that half. Maybe if you start walking through life, it will last a little longer. Walking is free and you can do it almost anywhere. Get started now!