I grew up in a retirement community in Florida. At the ripe age of 5 years old I would sit in rocking chairs on 70 year old neighbors’ front porches and reminisce about the good old days.
How Long Will You Live?
All of my friends were “young” for their age but inevitably as we all grew older, there would be a slowing down of my dear friends. When you grow up in a retirement community, you witness how quickly “young” turns “old.”
This “slowing down” which we witness as our friends, parents and grandparents age is actually an indicator of longevity.
34,485 adults aged 65 and older were studied for up to 20 years. Doctors found a direct correlation between walking speed and survival.
Older adults who walk 3.28 feet per second or faster have a longer life expectancy. Doctors believe the chances of longterm survival are improved the faster you are able to walk.
Why would gait speed predict survival?
According to the study, “Walking requires energy, movement control, and support and places demands on multiple organ systems, including the heart, lungs, circulatory, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems. Slowing gait may reflect both damaged systems and a high-energy cost of walking.”
So pull out your stop watch and measure your walking speed to determine your probable lifespan.
Yet another great reason to start a walking program today.