Walking Speed Predicts Life Expectancy of Older Adults
Baby boomers who keep up the pace as they age are likely to outlive those who slow down.
This is a good read: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/walking-speed-survival/
And here are a few examples:
- Grandma Hazel and I had a blast with the Senior Fitness Test yesterday, with the 8 foot up and go. The whole time I’m saying, “slow down, slow down” and she’s saying, “I thought this was a speed test.” “It is, but I don’t want you to fall.” She was all bummed because she did not make less than 60-year-old on 8 foot up and go, 2 minute step, and back scratch. I wanted her to quit the 2 minute step at 60 seconds. She went to 1:30 the first time, and insisted to repeat, and went to 2 minutes the 2nd time. She is hilarious. High stress for me. “Is your boss going to be proud?”
- For all the years that I worked at the hospital I ran – full out – from the parking lot to the hospital door. Many of the nurses laughed at me, and others asked why .”Because I can.” Sprinting just seemed like something that people quit when they age. You probably have notice, I am not much for the weight lifting (only light weights) but I like to add a lot of balance and dynamics to my routines.
- My 95-year-old Aunt Buddy use to move like the wind. I had to run to keep up with her. My sister use to say, “She beetles like a Farrier with that walker.” Grandma Hazel still uses Auntie Buddy’s walker today.”
- My Aunt Emma was the oldest member in Western Canada at Curves at 97! She walked both ways to the gym and participated 3 times per week. During her 40 years in India teaching school, she never owned a car and walked everywhere!