Letters The Grim Reaper’s walking speed

Brisk and prolonged daily walking is needed to outpace the Grim Reaper

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e424 (Published 17 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e424
  1. Pierre Abraham, physiologist13,
  2. Garry A Tew, physiologist2,
  3. Paul S Abraham, medical student1,
  4. Alexis Le Faucheur, physiologist3
  1. 1University Hospital, Angers, France
  2. 2Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S10 2BP, UK
  3. 3UMR, CNRS 6214/Inserm 1083, University of Angers, France
  1. piabraham{at}chu-angers.fr

Stanaway and colleagues reported that 1.36 m/s is the optimal walking speed to avoid the Grim Reaper.1 With the aim of transposing this to clinical practice, we wondered how far Death can walk each day. A minimum of 30 minutes’ daily walking is recommended to achieve health benefits, such as reduced …

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