According to surprising findings reported in the American Heart Association journal, a brisk walk can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as a vigorous run over a set distance. And this is not a small study either, the results are based on an analysis of more than 45,000 people over a six year period.
When participants completed a set distance, whether they ran or walked it, the health benefits resulting from the exercise were comparable.
Walking is a more sustainable activity for those who are overweight, unfit or elderly. However, those who choose running tend to exercise twice as much as those who choose walking and they also cover a much greater distance in a given time frame which is where the vast differences in physiological adaptations and health benefits can occur.
If you are always looking for excuses not to exercise and think that one walk won’t make a difference, think again. Moderate intensity walking will help you invest in your future health.
Williams PT, Thompson PD, Walking Versus Running For Hypertension, Cholesterol and Diabetes Mellitus Risk Reduction, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 2013.