…new science shows that walking can be at least as valuable as running — and in some instances, more so. A study published this month that again plumbed data from the Runners and Walkers Health Study found that both runners and walkers had equally diminished risks of developing age-related cataracts compared to sedentary people, an unexpected but excellent benefit of exercise.And in perhaps the most comforting of the new studies, published last month in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology and again using numbers from the versatile Runners and Walkers Health Study, runners had far less risk of high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol profiles, diabetes and heart disease than their sedentary peers. But the walkers were doing even better. Runners, for instance, reduced their risk of heart disease by about 4.5 percent if they ran an hour a day. Walkers who expended the same amount of energy per day reduced their risk of heart disease by more than 9 percent.
Do check out the whole article, it’s well worth your time. By some measures of health, running is much more indicative of overall physical success than walking. Though that may be because the most-healthy people can run. But overall, walking has huge benefits even considering you’re expending fewer calories per hour.
- Well: Is It Better to Walk or Run? (well.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Fitness, Not Fatness: (brothersjuddblog.com)
- Good Question: Is Running Or Walking Healthier? (minnesota.cbslocal.com)