Older people who walk at a brisk pace are half as likely to die from a heart attack or stroke as those who dawdle, according to a study.
For all walkers aged 30 and over, a fast or average speed – 3mph – cut the risk of death from any cause by more than 20 per cent over a 15-year period, researchers found.
The likelihood of dying specifically from a stroke or heart attack among all participants fell by a similar percentage.
Older people who walk at a brisk pace are half as likely to die from a heart attack or stroke as those who dawdle, according to a studyiPhone transfer software
Although walking faster improved heart health among people of all ages, it had the greatest effect among the over-60s.
Those who reached 3-4.3mph were 53 per cent less likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than slower movers, the study found.
The Australian and British team said the study showed walking faster really does help people live longer.
Lead author Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, of the University of Sydney, said: ‘A fast pace is generally five to seven kilometres per hour (3 to 4.35mph), but it really depends on a walker’s fitness levels.
‘An alternative indicator is to walk at a pace that makes you slightly out of breath or sweaty when sustained.’
The study, which appears in the British Journal of