Walking as good as running for heart health and diabetes prevention
As many of you will know from my seminars and recommendations, I am a huge fan of walking as your most important regular exercise.
“The more the walkers walked, the better off they were in health benefits. If the amount of energy expended
was the same, then the health benefits were comparable to running. Walking may be a more sustainable
activity for some people when compared to running”
Dr Paul Williams, PhD, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.
Researchers looked over around 50,000 people from the National Runners’ Health Study II and the National Walkers’ Health Study. They found that after measuring heart disease, blood pressure and diabetes markers, and exercise types and levels, that walking and running delivered similar basic health results.
The same energy expenditure associated with moderate walking and vigorous running exercise produced similar risk reductions for hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, and possibly coronary heart disease, as long as the same time and energy expenditure was spent on the exercise.
Study by Williams PT, Thompson PD “Walking versus running for hypertension, cholesterol, and diabetes mellitus risk reduction” as published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2013; DOI: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.112.300878. As part of the American Heart Association “Population Approaches to Improve Diet, Physical Activity and Smoking Habits ACSM/AHA Physical Activity and Public Health: Updated Recommendation for Adults”. The National Runners’ Health Study II and the National Walkers’ Health Study results were analysed covering around 50,000 people. As reported by MedPage Today on April 04, 2013.