People who walk faster are more likely to live longer regardless of their weight. That’s according to a study scientists say suggests fitness levels might be a better indicator of health than an individual’s body mass index (BMI).
Researchers in the U.K. looked at data on 474,919 people who took part in the U.K. Biobank study between March 13, 2006, and January 31, 2016. The participants answered whether their usual walking pace was slow, steady/average or brisk. Researchers also measured factors including the participants’ BMI (calculated by dividing an adult’s weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared), their waist circumference, and body-fat percentage. On average, the participants were 58.2 years old and had a BMI of 26.7, landing them in the overweight category.
Excerpted from Newsweek