This article digs into studies on the health benefits walking and other moderate exercise.
( Totally anecdotal, but my gramdmother-in-law lived past 100 years old, and she walked every day.)
Most interesting takeaways:
- People who describe themselves as “brisk walkers” tend to live 15-20 years longer than slow walkers.
- Moderate exercise improves brain power. It takes 10-20 years off of your mental age.
- 10,000 steps a day is not a magic number. Actually, it looks like 7,500 is ideal. But even less is still significantly helpful.
- Excessive exercise can be “damaging for the heart and course long term damage”
“The people who exercised were testing as if they were about 10 years younger at age 40 and about 20 years younger at age 60,”
Even though this article at first seems the opposite of a recent one on sprinting, I think they’re both related. They both basically say to do a moderate amount of exercise for a short amount of time to get maximum physical and mental benefits.