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#62951 - 26/09/11 11:09 PM Speed of walking.
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Read recently that researchers who have been investigating the health benefits of walking, have found that the speed someone walks at is a very good indicator of general well being.
They go on to suggest that their study shows that, rather than going through all the tests that a GP would send a patient through to test their general health, a simple test on a tread mill would arrive at the same result.
They go further to say that the faster a person can walk over some distance the more likely that, that person (barring other threats) will have a longer life.
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#62952 - 26/09/11 11:29 PM Re: Speed of walking. [Re: Slogger]
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Could be something in it.I remember Mike Cudahy saying that research he had carried out indicated that walking at a slower pace used up more energy.

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#62958 - 27/09/11 09:38 AM Re: Speed of walking. [Re: tonyk]
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Does that mean that if I walk really,really slow I can stop dieting?
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#62963 - 27/09/11 06:03 PM Re: Speed of walking. [Re: tonyk]
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Originally Posted By: tonyk
Could be something in it.I remember Mike Cudahy saying that research he had carried out indicated that walking at a slower pace used up more energy.


So that's why dawdling round the shops, Castles and Museums with my wife leaves me more knacked than a good long fast mountain walk!
Joyce - You wish!
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#62964 - 27/09/11 06:11 PM Re: Speed of walking. [Re: Slogger]
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The speed that a person walks is often determined by two factors.

The distance to the pub
The proximity of closing time.

Where these, I wonder, factored in.

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#62991 - 01/10/11 01:03 PM Re: Speed of walking. [Re: slowcoach]
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I do not think that the speed of walking matters a jot.

Health benefits more from regular walking habits.

Swiss doctors recommend that everyone should walk purposefully and continuously for at least 45 minutes every day.

The walking speed and distance covered would be dependant upon the volume of liquid consumed and whether the round trip to the pub is up hill or down hill!

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#62997 - 01/10/11 07:46 PM Re: Speed of walking. [Re: Oldun]
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"the round trip to the pub is up hill or down hill!"

Surely, on a round trip, if it is uphill on the way there, then on the way back ..........

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#62998 - 01/10/11 07:50 PM Re: Speed of walking. [Re: slowcoach]
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Seriously though, the nature of the terrain is a significant factor. Walking along the Rosedale Railway will inevitably be faster than along Striding Edge (assuming that the latter is not in a downward direction)

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#63001 - 01/10/11 11:36 PM Re: Speed of walking. [Re: slowcoach]
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You are missing the point.
It is about the speed people can walk on the flat, not country or mountain walking.
The research also is not about the health benefits of walking, but as an indicator of general well being.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=walking-speed-survival
You need to read all of it.
Dave.

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#63006 - 02/10/11 06:45 PM Re: Speed of walking. [Re: Slogger]
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Yes, it is an interesting article. But this study is targeted at an American audience where walking does not feature in their normal way of life. Where, if one of them is found walking it is normally arrested for vagrancy, shot on the spot or studied as an unusual specifies.

But I get your point about it being an indicator of well-being.

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