Walking reduces risk of premature death

In a review of studies about exercise and mortality Dr. Timothy Church, Professor of Preventative Medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, found that brisk walking for 30 minutes five times a week reduced a sedentary person’s risk of dying prematurely from any cause by nearly 20 percent.

''Nordic Walking' Groentenmarkt Gent

As a lover of walking and equal lover of sloth, I find this brilliant news. Half an hour seems far more doable than an hour – especially when you are time poor.  I am not sure if breaking the 30 minutes into separate 15 minute sessions a day gives you the same benefits, but am hoping it does.

However, the word brisk is ambiguous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) brisk walking is a pace five kilometers per hour or 12 minutes per kilometer. There are tools to figure this out such as the walking pace calculator but this seems a bit complicated for me. A rule of thumb I prefer is walking at a pace that allows you to say a long sentence but not sing…

Of course if you want to exercise without leaving the house, apparently the burpee is ideal – short and intense, albeit a little boring.


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