A recent study showed that walking at a moderate speed for 30 minutes before breakfast could greatly reduce your blood pressure, lower your risk of a heart attack and prove beneficial for your mental well-being.
But in normal everyday life, there are very few times when you have to walk at a moderate speed.
One such time is when you hear someone’s footsteps behind you. Initially, you slow down to let them pass and, when they don’t, you irrationally assume you’re being followed and start to walk faster – presumably because you stupidly think that many people have escaped being captured by a dangerous stalking maniac simply by walking faster and not running.
Similarly, when you’ve accidentally overtaken someone on foot, you then have to keep up an uncomfortably fast pace to stay in front of them like an Olympic pacesetter because it would be too embarrassing for them to overtake you back.
Sometimes you have no idea you’re about to walk at a moderate pace, like when someone unexpectedly holds a door open for you and you have to show you’re making a genuine attempt to reach it before their arm gets tired. It becomes more challenging when that someone holds open more than 3 successive doors and you run out of ways to thank them, having used “Cheers,” “thanks” and “ta.”
Sometimes I see people in the supermarket I don’t wish to speak to (not just cashiers) so I’ll quickly run and hide in an aisle I don’t think they’ll visit. I find the salad aisle is safest because of its camouflage lettuce foliage.
Normally the only “running” you do during the week is when you gently jog across a zebra crossing whilst throwing an apologetic mini wave at a driver and it’s only after you’ve reached the kerb on the opposite side, you realise you’ve developed a stitch.
So, I won’t be adding more moderate speed walking to my everyday life because it definitely isn’t good for my blood pressure, heart or mental well-being.