Walking For 10 Minutes Each Day Actually Supports Longevity, Says New Study
Interested in living well into old age? Well, the secret may be hiding in plain sight: walking.
This underrated form of exercise has been getting some much-deserved attention in recent months (ahem, hot girl walks). And now, there's even more reason to love this trend: A new study being presented at the ESC Congress 2022 Barcelona later this month reveals that just a 10-minute stroll every day (or one hour each week) has been linked to increased longevity in people 85 and older.
So, here's what that means for your workout routine.
What the research found.
We know that 150 minutes of moderate exercise1 each week is generally advised to maintain our overall well-being over the years, but this new research reveals that as it's common to grow more sedentary in age, when you reach the age of 85 and older, a 10-minute walk each day is also beneficial.
According to a news release2 from the European Society of Cardiology, the study looked at the connection between walking for exercise and the causes of cardiovascular concern as you age, in adults of the aforementioned age group. Based on information gathered from the Korean National Health Insurance Service Senior database, the researchers found that within 7,047 adults ages 85 and older between the years of 2009 and 2014, those that walked for at least one hour a week had a lower risk of cardiovascular concerns than those that were less active.
Within the news release, study author Moo-Nyun Jin, M.D., of Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital explained, "Walking was linked with a lower likelihood of dying in older adults, regardless of whether or not they did any moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity. Identifying the minimum amount of exercise that can benefit the oldest old is an important goal since recommended activity levels can be difficult to achieve."
TL;DR: Even if you only have time to go for a short walk, that's going to be better for your long-term health than nothing at all. Hot grandma walk, anyone?
Other ways to support longevity.
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Of course it's important to try to meet the daily recommended amount of exercise regularly, but as you age, it can become more difficult to get up and get moving. Thankfully, just a 10-minute walk each day, or one hour of walking each week, can help support heart health and nurture a long and happy life.
Merrell Readman is the Associate Food & Health Editor at mindbodygreen. Readman is a Fordham University graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in film and television. She has covered beauty, health, and well-being throughout her editorial career, and formerly worked at SheFinds. Her byline has also appeared in Women’s Health. In her current role, she writes and edits for the health, movement, and food sections of mindbodygreen. Readman currently lives in New York City.