A brisk walking study conducted by health researchers at the Leicester Biomedical Research Centre discovered brisk walking could help you fight the effects of coronavirus.
The study used self-reported data collected from 412,596 people who contributed to the biomedical database. Slow walkers with “normal” weight were found to be 3.75 times more likely to experience severe Covid symptoms than people that walk at a faster pace.
Brisk walking is measured at three to four miles (6.4km) per hour. Slow walking is less than 3mph (4.8km).
Health Benefits of Brisk Walking
A growing body of evidence reveals that brisk walking has a number of health benefits.
Previous research projects estimate brisk walking can extend your life by around 15 years in normal conditions.
The latest findings of the Leicester research team backs up the conclusions of a 2018 study in Australia and a 2019 brisk walking study by Biobank. Both studies concluded that people who walk at a faster pace typically outlive people that walk at a slower pace.
Brisk Walking Study Confirms Health Benefits
Brisk walking is a moderate exercise that causes you to breathe deeply and help the heart beat faster.
When you breathe deeply, you take more oxygen into the lungs. Air is then passed to the heart which helps to oxygenate blood cells, clear waste from the bloodstream and create white blood cells.
White blood cells play a central role in helping the body’s immune system defend against viruses such as Covid-19 together with other bacteria and fungi. This is why doctors always recommend patients to do more exercise.
In recent years, doctors orders have been to go for walks in nature.
Brisk walking will help you to strengthen your immune system. Not only will walking faster help you survive Covid-19 but a host of other illnesses and disease as well.