In 2013, I reblogged a health article about the benefits of fast walking.
”The most encouraging news embedded in the new study is that longevity rises with small improvements in pace. The walkers in Category 3, for instance, moved at a speed only a minute or so faster per mile than some of those in the slowest group, but they enjoyed a significant reduction in their risk of dying prematurely.”
It’s now 2015, where chapter two in the book, The Brain That Change Itself, discusses updated research and clinical applications of more rapid walking.
In 1998, Frederik Gage discovered that fast walking produced new cells in the human hippocampus, the area of the brain that play a key role in producing new cells to replace those that had died, just as the liver, skin, blood, and other organs are able to do. The theory put forth made perfect sense to me. From Doidge’s book:” Growth happens because in a natural setting, extensive fast walking occurs when an animal is venturing into a new, different environment requiring exploration and new learning, sparking what Gage calls “anticipatory proliferation.”
Months of my own long-distance, often rapid walking lead me to believe that my own theory of fast walking is on track with this current information base. I view rapid walking as an activity that triggers a form of mammilian “flight or fight” response. In this enhanced state, our fretting minds are quieted by the biological electro-mechinations that accompany a gait that produces these remarkable surges of cell growth that can only occur when we move from sauntering to speeding up our pace.