I’m not really sure why everyone is always in such a rush to get to their destination – unless it’s something with a set start time like a movie or a concert or a football match, you might as well take your time getting there, especially if you’re walking with some of your friends. That’s just how I see it though and a lot of people seem to disagree with me.
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Sadly though, walking slowly may have a multitude of problems associated with it as it also means that you’re more likely to die COVID-19, after a new study published results suggesting that fast walkers were four times less likely to be killed by the deadly disease. The team from The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre looked at data from 400,000 people in order to determine the link between catching the virus and your speed of walking with lead researcher Tom Yates saying the following about it:
We know already that obesity and frailty are key risk factors for Covid-19 outcomes.
This is the first study to show that slow walkers have a much higher risk of contracting severe Covid-19 outcomes, irrespective of their weight.
Ongoing public health and research surveillance studies should consider incorporating simple measures of physical fitness such as self-reported walking pace in addition to BMI, as potential risk predictors of Covid-19 outcomes.
Crazy. If you’re worried about whether you’re a slow walker or not, then this was calculated as someone that walks at a pace of less than 3 miles an hour whilst fast paced walkers would cover 4 miles in an hour. Better lace up your shoes and get going if you want to beat COVID in the last few months of lockdown.
For more of the same, check out this video of 150 spring breakers in Miami getting pepper sprayed whilst partying for breaking regulations. Serves them right really.