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Researchers at the University of Leicester, UK, have revealed the effect of regular brisk walking.
Scientists explained that brisk walking reduces a person’s biological age, making them feel 16 years younger by the time they reach middle age, according to the “Middle East” website, citing the “Daily Mail” newspaper.
The scientists studied data from 400,000 Britons, with an average age of 57, included in the UK Biobank, a database of patients who were monitored for 10 years..
The team found a clear link between fast walking and reduced biological age, which is determined by the vitality of the body.
They confirmed that the fastest participants, who walked faster than 4 miles per hour, had longer telomeres, regardless of how much exercise they did..
Telomeres are parts at the end of each chromosome that help fight aging, regenerate cells and protect them from damage..
They pointed out that telomere length is a sign of biological longevity, as it protects against wasting and age-related diseases, such as coronary artery disease and cancer..
Based on the results, the researchers estimated that a brisk walking strategy could shorten an individual’s biological lifespan by up to 16 years in middle age..
Professor Tom Yates, physical activity expert and lead author of the study, said: “Our results confirm that adopting a fast walking pace actually leads to better health and even a significant reduction in biological life.”
And those who routinely walk at a slower speed are at higher risk for chronic disease and premature aging, Yates added..
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