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Is walking as good as running? Based on the research we conducted at Become Healthy the following was found. 


Walking really is just as good for you as running – but only if you compare it in terms of calories burned and not merely on time spent. The science shows very good why is walking as good as running!

The most popular physical activites? Have you ever seen someone who does not run? Then they walk!

Walking and running are the most popular physical activities according to Maggie Fox from BBC. But whether one is preferable to the other in terms of improving health has long been debated. Now a variety of new studies that pitted running directly against walking are providing some answers. Their conclusion? It depends almost completely on what you are hoping to accomplish. Let’s review the following study from BBC

Studies have gone back and forth on the question for years – is a stroll as good as a run? Does a brisk walk strengthen your heart as much as a pounding jog?

The long dilemma was finally resolved according to Mr Williams

Paul Williams of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and Paul Thompson of Hartford Hospital in Connecticut think they’ve answered the question, finally. They did it in the best way possible, by comparing tens of thousands of runners to tens of thousands of walkers.

The answer is what common sense would dictate – it’s how much a person exercises in terms of energy spent, not how long he or she spends exercising, that matters.

“It takes longer to walk a mile than to run a mile. But if you match them up on the energy expended, they are comparable,” Williams said in a telephone interview. “If you do the same amount of exercise – if you expend the same number of calories – you get the same benefit.”

They studied 33,060 runners taking part in the National Runners’ Health Study and 15,045 walkers in the National Walkers’ Health Study. They measured their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol at the beginning, and then watched for six years to see who got diagnosed with high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol or diabetes.

Same output by both groups

People who exercised equally in terms of energy output got the same benefit, regardless of whether they ran or walked, Williams and Thompson report in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Williams said it made sense to study dedicated walkers and runners, because they usually keep careful track of distance and time spent running or walking. Most other people have trouble accurately estimating how much time and effort they spend exercising, he says.

They used a measurement called a MET. “One MET is how much energy you expend when you are sitting,” Williams said. Walking at a brisk pace burns 3.8 METS, or 3.8 times as much energy spent sitting for the same time. Running burns anywhere between 7 and 12 METS.

So we can conclude that walking is as good as running. Of course, some case studies prove that running might be bad for your knee joints on the long term. So keep the good and through away the unimportant but in any case always evaluate your current settings before any physical activity. In this way you make sure that you don’t get hurt.

The note of the day

‘As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.’

The Buddha

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