Walking vs. running
Turns out both are equally good for your health.
Well, apparently, it’s time to rethink my snobbery, because the latest news is that walking is actually as good -- if not better -- for your health than running.
A new study looked at data on 33,000 runners and 15,000 walkers (ranging in age from 18 to 80), calculating their energy expenditures, and looking at their health problems over a period of six year. What the researchers found is that, while the runners lowered their risk of heart disease by 4.5 percent, the walkers lowered theirs by a surprising 9.3 percent. Similar statistics emerged when it came to risk of high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes -- with the walkers surpassing the runners on all of these health markers.
But before you trade your running workouts for a leisurely stroll around the block, there is a catch. To reap these sorts of health benefits, walkers have to expend as much energy as runners. In other words, a leisurely stroll isn’t going to cut it.
You’ve got to move briskly during your walk, and probably you’ll need to be out there for longer than you planned. The researchers estimate that it would take about twice as long to expend the same amount of calories walking as running. So instead of a 3-mile jog that has you outside or on the treadmill for 30 minutes, give or take, you’d need to walk 4.3 miles -- which could take over an hour.
So while this study offers some good news to those whose joints just can’t stand the idea of running, it’s also further proof that there is no health magic bullet. You’ve got to work for those benefits -- whether you do it at a running or walking pace.
Personally, not only do I love running, I simply don’t have time to double the duration of my workouts!
Was the relative fitness of the subjects compared?
I ask this because as an out of shape asthmatic who can walk but would feel like he was dying running, it occurs to me that people who can run regularly already have to be in at least SEMI decent shape. Could it be that the correlation between walking and the higher reduction in disease probability stems from the walkers having more initial risk than the runners, and that the runners' lower risk reduction could stem from them having less initial risk since they're already in shape enough to run?
Just a thought. I'm not saying that's the case, just asking.
So when you were young that is how you thought of Old people/ your Elders.
That they should die. Who said young people are Selfish ? I believe you're
having a depressed day. Don't be hard on yourself and negative. Aging occurs
with everyone. Soon they'll be old too. Please define OLD. It varies with people.
Some say 40 others say 65 then there is 90. It is still typical many people don't live beyond
75 to 80 indicating you're at mid-life by age 40 and becoming 70 places you near the
end of your life cycle. We definitely hope not. It depends on what a person does in their life and the family genetics in hope we life a long life beyond 80.
No one is asking you to give up and die. I don't know you, but I ask you to give some Faith.
Yes! there are cruel people in the world. Most people are really nice.
I LOVE YOU and others should care and love you too.