Is Walking as Good for You as Running?You're out for a brisk walk around the neighborhood. And then a pavement-pounding runner zooms past you. When it comes to your heart health, is that brisk walk really as good for you as a run?
The short answer: Yes!
Research from the American Heart Association has found that walking is just as good as running when it comes to lowering your risk for heart disease, reports HealthDay News.
When the AHA team analyzed the health of some 48,000 runners and walkers, who were mostly in their 40s and 50s, they found that mile for mile, brisk walking was just as effective in lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure.
Did you catch the key phrase in the previous sentence? It's "mile for mile." That is, both runners and walkers must put in the same mileage to reap the same heart health benefits. While it may take an average runner under 30 minutes to run three miles, it will likely take a walker an hour to do so.
The takeaway: Walking is just as good for you as running, but you'll have to spend more time doing it.
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