Being a speedy walker could save your life

Yes, we're dealing with having a frustrating, vastly different political landscape and facing an impending global warming disaster, but you can't argue with the fact that there's nothing more annoying than being stuck behind a slow walker.

Regardless of whether you're in a rush or not, being trapped behind a horde of people who insist on walking at a glacial pace does terrible things for your blood pressure. Certainly, in the high-stress culture we live in, we literally can't afford to be delayed on our travels. After all, we've grown up being taught that "time is money".

Thankfully, the poetic justice gods are shining down on us today, as it's been reported that brisk walkers have an incredibly good reason for becoming so irate at the dawdlers of the world: as it turns out, their slowness has been damaging our health.

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A study conducted by researchers at the University of Leicester discovered that so-called slow walkers were twice as likely to die from cardio-vascular malfunction than those who identified as "brisk walkers".

The study monitored 420,727 healthy adults over six years, with the aim of finding a correlation between alleged walking pace and various life-threatening medical conditions.

And despite factoring in sex and lifestyle factors such as smoking and food consumption, the results remained unambiguous: those who self-identified as "slow" walkers had a greater chance of developing serious cardiovascular conditions.

As the lead researcher of the study, Professor Tom Yates corroborated: “This suggests habitual walking pace is an independent predictor of heart-related death.”

However, Yates who is also a senior lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health at the university, clarified that walking slowly was not linked to other medical conditions which were included in the study, such as cancer.

And despite the large sample size used in the study, researchers stressed that "important limitations remain" in the study. So whilst people who have suffered from cancer, myocardial infarctions, anginas or strokes were barred from the enquiry, "other potentially relevant conditions, such as a history of coronary artery bypass grafting or revascularization were not captured and reverse causality remains a possible explanation of our findings".

So next time you find yourself getting far too riled up about slow walkers on your daily commute, take solace in the fact that you are merely doing all you can to ensure that you stay in good health, because as we all know, heart disease is a killer.

According to the British Heart Foundation, cardiovascular diseases cause more than 26 percent of all deaths in the United Kingdom. To break it down, that's almost 160,000 deaths each year - averaging out to 435 individuals every day or one death every three minutes.

Luckily, it's widely believed that 90 percent of heart attacks can be prevented if high-risk individuals receive adequate education on the dangers, and go for regular check-ups.
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