Step lively to a longer life?

People who walk at a brisk clip may live longer than those who walk slowly — regardless of how much they weigh, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at data from nearly 475,000 adults in the United Kingdom Biobank study, which recruited middle-aged participants from 2006 to 2010. The participants, most of whom were slightly overweight, were asked to describe their usual walking pace as slow, average, or brisk.

Those who reported walking briskly had longer life expectancies, regardless of their body mass index, or BMI (a measure of weight that includes height; see www.health.harvard.edu/bmi-calculator to determine yours). For BMI values ranging from less than 20 to 40 or higher, fast-walking women and men had life expectancies of more than 86 and 85 years, respectively.

Because the study is observational, it doesn’t prove that walking speed affects longevity. But the findings are consistent with earlier research, including an earlier U.K. Biobank study suggesting that slow walkers were about twice as likely to die from heart disease as fast walkers. The new study appeared May 9 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV 

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 NIV 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 NIV 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV

 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 NIV

  The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Psalm 118:24 NIV

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV

 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 NIV

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV 

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10 NIV 

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24 NIV

 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV

  A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! Proverbs 15:23 NIV 

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV 

deliverance You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of. Psalm 32:7 NIV

 So that I Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romans 12:15 NIV

may come to you with joy, by God’s will, and in your company be refreshed. Romans 15:32 NIV 

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. Psalm 119:111 NIV

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6 NIV

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV 

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