It has been known for years that exercise is beneficial to health. Running helps reduce the incidence of Coronary Heart Diseases, Cholesterol levels, High Blood Pressure, and diabetes. Walking also does the same. We stand to gain when we take to regular brisk walks or jogging. However, what was not known till recently is whether either of these two moderate forms of exercises have any advantage over the other.
In a research supported by the National Heart, Lungs, and Blood Institute of the United States, Paul Williams, PhD, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, and Paul Thompson, MD, of Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. U.S.A. found that both brisk walks and running or jogging have the same risk reducing effects. The two large cohort studies they carried out revealed what is largely expected. William said:
“The more the runners ran and the walkers walked, the better off they were in health benefits, If the amount of energy expended was the same between the two groups, then the health benefits were comparable.”
“Walking may be a more sustainable activity for some people when compared to running, However, those who choose running end up exercising twice as much as those who choose walking … probably because they can do twice as much in an hour.”
From the study, it became clear that there is no statistically significant difference in the risk reduction for hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, and possibly coronary heart disease if the same amount of energy is expended by walking or by running.
We did a post on the advantage of exercises some time ago titled Inactivity Kills Just Like Cigarettes. We advise you read that article too. This is like a part 2 of that article. We are very positive that exercises prolong life and promote health.
So folks, bring out your kits and lets go for that early morning jogging or as in my own case, the late afternoon brisk walk. We stand a lot to gain and practically nothing to lose.