Eat, Fast, Live Longer

I’m always interested in not only performance and injury management, but also ideas and strategies developed with the goal of promoting health. Therefore it should come as no surprise that my interest has been piqued by Dr Michael Mosley and his desire to understand if fasting helps humans live longer, stay younger and lose weight.
Watch and listen to Dr Mosley’s documentary and make up your own mind.

How fast does the Grim Reaper walk?

I would urge readers to read this rather brilliant analysis from the latest British Medical Journal (BMJ 2011;343:d7679) regarding the relationship between walking speed and mortality.

This article has implications for exercise prescription for preventative health in the older population; and as far as I am aware represents one of the first studies on it’s kind.
The study concludes that “the Grim Reaper’s preferred walking speed is 0.82 m/s (2 miles (about 3 km) per hour) under working conditions. As none of the men in the study with walking speeds of 1.36 m/s (3 miles (about 5 km) per hour) or greater had contact with Death, this seems to be the Grim Reaper’s most likely maximum speed; for those wishing to avoid their allotted fate, this would be the advised walking speed”.