Mobility and Vitality: How Walking Speed can Help Determine your Health Risks

There are many signs that tell us how our body is performing.  From blood pressure to heart rate, there are many key indicators of health.  One of these measures, which many of us often don’t consider, is how fast we walk.

Walking speed is an important predictor of overall health, well-being and independence as we age. This is because walking utilizes multiple body systems and brain functions to complete what otherwise feels like a simple task.   So as you can imagine, if one of our body’s systems is not working as it should, our walking speed may be impacted.

The average walking speed of an adult over the age of 65 is 1.8-2.7 mph.  Research conducted on walking speed has shown that adults that fall below this speed are more prone to injury or medical complications, making independence at home more difficult.

The good news, though, is that research has also shown that if you improve your walking speed, you are less likely to experience this medical decline. 

Celtic Healthcare offers care from licensed Physical Therapists, who are the experts in treating movement-related disorders.  They will evaluate your walking speed, overall function, and safety, as well as rule out any medical complications that may impede your recovery. After an initial evaluation, they will develop a safe and effective program that will not only aim at improving your walking speed, but will also help you get back to what you used to enjoy doing.

Walking speed is a vital component to healthy living. Take your future into your own hands.

For more information about home health physical therapy and Celtic Healthcare’s programs, please contact us at 1.888.923.5842 or at 1.800.358.8227 for our Illinois office.

 

Blog post by Troy Abbott – Support Services Coordinator

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