While it may seem insignificant at this point, walking speed is crucial to overall health and fitness. “If someone slows down significantly while they are walking with someone else, that could deny some recognized health benefits if they are walking alone at a faster pace,” said Richards. New information posted.
Some of the health benefits associated with gait speed include reduced risk of falls, improved function, faster recovery time, and reduced risk of death, according to professors of health and kinetics. Dr. Shirley Rietdyk “Older people who walk more slowly tend to be in poor health and in a lower functional state,” she added.
And no, slowing down is not an inevitable part of aging. With adequate exercise, like strength training, coordination and of course walking, adults can help maintain their gait pace.