Walking speed increased with regular use of public transport

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People who regularly use public transport generally walk faster and this brings with it health benefits that could be particularly beneficial for older people, according to a recent study published in BMJ Open.

The study looked at the potential health benefits of public transport and scientists sought to investigate whether public transport use prevented declines in walking speed among older adults living in England.

Looking at data from more than 7,000 adults over the age of 60 over a number of years, they identified a faster decline in walking speed in those who did not regularly use public transport.

The scientists who conducted the study believe that ‘frequent use of public transport could prevent age-related decline in physical capability by promoting physical activity and lower limb muscle strength among older adults.’ They also suggest that improving access to good quality public transport could improve health outcomes.

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