Walking Speed: A Powerful Predictor of Functional Health
by: Len Kravitz, PhD
Studies explain why brisk walking can improve the health of older exercisers.
Thanks to a spike in pace-related research over the past decade, we now know that walking speed is a significant vital sign for older clients. Study findings have associated slow walking speed with a heightened risk of mortality in older adults, while brisk walking has been linked to better health (Franklin et al. 2015).
These are important insights because, until recently, researchers had no idea that walking speed was such a strong vital-sign predictor. Connections between walking speed and health improvements make a persuasive case for helping older clients pick up the pace.
Fitness Journal, Volume 15, Issue 5
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