Have you ever wanted to decrease the time spent working out, but keep all the benefits? Well, now you might be able to as a new study conducted suggests that changing your walking pattern could alter your biological age by years.
A study by the University of Leicester and Leicester Biomedical Research Centre shows data that suggests a key element to eliminating aging markers is simply walking at a brisk pace. This research study was conducted on middle-aged residents from The United Kingdom with the age averaging around their mid 50’s.
Researchers were able to deduce that people that put a little more pep in their step had a biological age of about 16 years younger compared to their slow walking counterparts. Science for a long time has shown that walking and running even for a short amount of time is one of the best ways to increase longevity.
However, the reason behind this is your telomeres. A key function in our DNA, more specifically our chromosomes. As we age, our telomeres naturally get shorter and this has been linked to age-related illness. Though the same study shows that participants who had a faster walking pace also had longer telomeres than those who walked slower.
I was even able to go for a nice walk myself just in time to enjoy the warm Jersey weather. Taking in the beauty of nature, as well as getting my steps in maybe next time I’ll bring my cats for a Caturday walk.
So, if you wanna stay healthy and feel amazing grab your walking shoes, find a nice park on a beautiful weekend or weekday and start walking. Even while you are at work or around town as long as your moving faster and while you’re walking you can also listen to more of today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites. With more studies like these taking place, it may just be your key to increasing your overall mental health as well as decreasing your biological age.