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If You Can Walk This Far, You May Live Longer, Says Science

A new study published in  JAMA , which focused on those who suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), revealed that higher-speed walking, rather than slower speed walking , was associated with assuaging the pain and negative symptoms associated with PAD after a full year of testing. To accurately gauge the efficacy of the different types of walking workouts? The scientists bookended the study with a single task: The Six-Minute Walking Test. It's not the first time this test has been used. In fact, it has a really long history. Originally devised by a scientist named Bruno Balke, M.D., Chief of the Biodynamics Branch at the Aeromedical Research Division of the Federal Aviation Agency, in 1963 (yes, it was so long ago that "agency" is now "administration"), the Six-Minute Walking Test (6MWT) was initially used, says the American College of Rheumatology , "to test exercise tolerance in chronic respiratory disease and heart failure," but "has s