London: Want to live longer? Keep up a good pace when you walk and greet your friends with a strong, firm handshake when you meet them, says a new study. Researchers at University College London have found that people who walk fast are almost three times less likely to die early than those who walk slowly; and those with strong grip are one-and-a-half times more likely to live longer than people with a weak one.
"We think screening elderly people for such fundamental physical activities as walking, shaking hands or getting in and out of a chair could be used as a simple andinexpensive tool to monitor their health," Dr Rachel Cooper, who led the study, was quoted as saying.However, the researchers have called for more research into whether grip strength and walking fast lengthens life. "Ultimately, trials will be needed to determine whether interventions aimed at improving physical capability are effective at improving capability and as a consequence areeffective at reducing morbidity and mortality,` she said. "Research that helps people to enjoy a long and healthy life is ever more important to help cater for an ageing population," Dr Cooper said. The findings have been published in the latest edition of the `British Medical Journal`. PTI
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