This has nothing directly to do with Chinese medicine or acupuncture, just an interesting finding. We all know that walking is good for us and will generally help us live longer. A new study finds that people who walk fast have an even greater benefit to their longevity. The decrease in mortality for regular walkers was a 20 percent reduction in overall mortality, and the decrease for those who moved at a faster pace was 24 percent. This does go along with what I have been saying in previous blogs, that we need to keep moving. Not all the time, but probably more of the time. Many of us will sit when we get the chance. But many studies have shown that sitting adversely effects our health to the point that we will not live as long if we sit too much. As far as why faster walkers receive more benefit, the study did not speculate. I imagine it's just that getting the 'ol ticker going a bit faster is a good thing now and then, or quite often really. Or maybe its just that those who walk faster get hit less by falling pianos. In any case: keep moving.
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Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond