Watch out for slow walkers! Your walking habits may increase your chances of becoming ill later in life

We all have unique walking styles, which are part of our personality. Some are fast walkers, while others walk around embracing everything around them. Some slap their feet as they walk and then there are people with strong pool steps. How you walk depends on you and your daily activities. But if you are among those who often walk slowly and take small steps most of the time, you are more likely to get sick later in life.

Why are slow walkers more likely to get sick?
Walking slowly not only means you reach your destination later, but it can also have serious consequences for your health. Several studies conducted to assess human walking indicate that slow walking can harm a person in more ways than one.

According to the researchers, your walking speed could predict your chances of getting diseases like Alzheimer’s decades before the symptoms develop.

Studies show that the brain and body for 45-year-olds grow more slowly compared to others. The immune system, lungs and teeth, are all in worse shape compared to those who usually walk faster. In addition, these individuals had lower overall brain volume, less brain surface injury and more minor brain injuries.

The study published in the journal Jama Network Open showed that researchers could easily assess how fast a middle-aged person walked by looking at their brains when they were just three years old.

They are also more likely to die from heart disease
According to researchers at the Paris-based medical research institute, Inserm, slow-moving walkers are three times more likely to die of heart disease and related causes. The study’s findings show that slow walkers are 2.9 times more likely to die from heart attack, stroke, and related causes compared to those who walked fast. This was common in both men and women. These decisions focused entirely on a person’s walking speed and not on age or level of physical activity. Probably the main reasons behind this are the increased risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. Scientists have not yet decided on what increases the chances of heart problems among slow walkers.

The bottom

There have been several previous studies that have linked slow walking to an increased risk of death. The key message of these studies is that people should prioritize health at all stages of life. They should be more active and engage in physical activity to stay at the pink level of their health and long life.