Brisk Walking May Slow Biological Aging Process

How fast do you walk?

University of Leicester researchers looked at genetic data of more than 400,000 UK adults and found a clear link between walking pace and a genetic marker of biological age. They estimate a lifetime of brisk walking could lead to the equivalent of 16 years younger biological age by midlife.

Lead study author, Dr. Paddy Dempsey says, “This research uses genetic data to provide stronger evidence for a causal link between faster walking pace and longer telomere length. […] This suggests measures such as habitually slower walking speed are a simple way of identifying people at greater risk of chronic disease or unhealthy aging, and that activity intensity may play an important role in optimizing interventions. […] However, this requires further investigation.” (EurekAlert!)