Do you know someone who is a runner? Perhaps itâs you who hits the pavement in the early hours of the morning to get some jogging in. Runners will tell you that this is the best form of exercise. Youâre not just getting all the regular benefits of exercising like improved circulation, muscle strength and aerobic fitness. Youâre taking things to the next level. By upping the intensity of your exercise, youâre virtually doubling the health benefits youâll reap from your effortsâor so the thinking goes.
However, a new study, conducted at the famed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, has discovered this may not necessarily be the case.
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The Berkeley research team looked at both running and walking and compared their respective health benefits. To collect their data for this huge trial that spanned six years, the researchers turned to two major clinical trials: The National Runnersâ and Walkersâ Health Studies. Both these studies looked at the intensity the participants invested in their preferred form of exercise and then determined what effect this physical activity had on incidences of some common diseases.
The researchersâ analysis revealed that:
â¢ Running reduced the risk for hypertension by as much as 39.8%, while walking reduced the risk by as much as 23.6%
â¢ Running slashed the risk for hypercholesterolemia by 34.9%, while walking slashed it by 38.3%
â¢ Running cut the chances of becoming diabetic by 68.2%, while walking cut the risk by as much as 44.2%
Nowâif you donât like running, go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief, because these numbers show that running and walking have comparable health benefits. This is the good news youâve been waiting for. For those of you who canât jog due to other health issues, all you have to do is get out and do some walking to help lower your risk for some of these major health complications that are affecting the lives of so many people.
The one advantage of walking over running is that itâs easy enough to get a friend on board for a little company. Walk together and share some conversation while you get some exercise. Take your dog for a walk. Go play a game of golf and walk nine or 18 holes on the course. Walk to the grocery store and pick up some healthy food for the week. Walking is easy to fit into your daily routineâall you have to do is set aside a little time for it.
Source(s) for Todayâs Article:
Williams, P.T., et al, âWalking Versus Running for Hypertension, Cholesterol, and Diabetes Mellitus Risk Reduction,â Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol April 4, 2013.