October 23, 2012
When you walk, do you stroll, or do you march like youâ€™re on a mission. Researchers have found that how fast you walk may play a role in reducing your risk of stroke and heart diseaseâ€”urging people to get out and walk some every day, but to do it quickly.
Scientists with the British Heart Foundation found that those people who walk briskly or even jog have a significantly lower risk of heart disease including stroke. This is when they were compared with those who walked more slowly or who lived sedentary lives.
The findings shouldnâ€™t come as a surpriseâ€”the harder you work a muscle, the stronger it becomes.
Just like you would want to lift dumbbells instead of paperclips to strengthen your biceps, your heart needs a challenge to stay strong and healthy. A brisk walk or jog causes your heart to work harder, beating faster to keep oxygenated blood flowing through the body. And this makes for a healthier you.
Walking slow has its time and place, when you are in it for the peace rather than the fitness. But, because we need to get daily exercise, a brisk walk every evening after dinner, for instance, could go a long way in strengthening your heart and staving off cardiovascular disease.