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Slow Walkers 4 Times More Likely to Die From COVID-19, Study Shows

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By    |   Thursday, 18 March 2021 11:51 AM

Pick up the pace if you want to reduce your risk of COVID-19 and its complications. Walking at a snail’s pace may increase your risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19, says a new study, whether you are at a normal weight or obese.

Researchers in the U.K. found that people of normal weight who walked slowly were a whopping 3.75 times more likely to die from the virus than fast walkers. Slow walkers were also 2.5 more likely to become infected with COVID-19.

According to BBC News, scientists at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre analyzed data reported by 412,596 volunteer study participants who shared their BMI and their perceived walking pace.

The researchers measured slow walking as a speed less than three miles per hour and a brisk pace at more than four miles per hour. A normal pace was considered to be walking at a pace between three and four miles per hour.

Another key finding of the study was even the slow walkers who were at a normal weight had a greater risk of both severe COVID-19 and mortality than obese participants who walked briskly, according to Science Daily. The risk was uniformly high among slow walkers of normal weight and those who were obese.

Professor Thomas Yates, the lead researcher for the study and a professor of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Health at the University of Leicester, said: “We already know 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 symptoms, irrespective of their weight.”

The expert said that by identifying people who are at increased risk of contracting the disease and suffering severe complications including death, officials may be able to ease the strain on healthcare services and communities, according to Science Daily.

“Fast walkers have been shown to generally have good cardiovascular and heart health, making them resilient to external factors, including viral infection, but this hypothesis has yet been established for infectious disease,” said Yates.

Experts have reported that regular, moderate-intensity exercise such as brisk walking, also boosts the immune system which can help your body stave off infections while reducing stress and anxiety during the pandemic.

Yates said that public health officials should incorporate “simple measures of physical fitness such as self-reported walking pace in addition to BMI, as potential risk factors for COVID-19 outcomes that could ultimately enable better prevention methods that save could lives,” according to Science Daily.

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Pick up the pace if you want to reduce your risk of COVID-19 and its complications. Walking at a snail's pace may increase your risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19, says a new study, whether you are at a normal weight or obese...
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