Accelerating walking can bring some additional benefits, as researchers have found that faster-going patients with heart disease are less hospitalized.
"The faster the walking speed, the lower the risk of hospitalization and the shorter the length of hospital stay," said study author Carlotta Merlo, a researcher at University of Ferrara in Italy.
"Because the reduced walking speed is a sign of reduced mobility associated with decreased physical activity, we believe that quick walkers in the study are also fast-moving in real life," she added.
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A total of 359 patients were identified as slow walkers, 362 medium and 357 fast walkers.
The researchers registered the number of hospitalizations and length of stay of participants over the next three years.
During the three-year period, 182 of the slow runners (51 percent) had at least one hospital stay, compared to 160 (44 percent) of the Intermediate Walker and 110 (31 percent) of the Fast Walker, according to the study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology ,
The slow, medium and fast hikers spent a total of 4,186, 2,240, and 990 days in hospital during the three years, respectively.
The average length of hospitalization for each patient was equivalent to 23, 14, and 9 days for the slow, medium, and fast walkers.
Every 1 km / hour increase in walking speed resulted in a 19% lower likelihood of hospitalization during the three-year period.
Compared to the slow runners, fast athletes had shown a 37 percent lower likelihood of hospitalization within three years.
"Walking is the most popular type of adult exercise, it's free, it does not require special training, and it can be done almost anywhere, even short but regular walks have significant health benefits." Our study shows that the benefits are even greater if the pace of walking is increased, "said Merlo.
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