Running and walking are awesome physical activities that awaken every cell in the body. They are the absolute favorites in the world of fitness, and experts consider these activities, as excellent exercises. But walking exercise can be better than running in many ways. Read on to find out why.

Why walking is better than running

Indeed, running and walking are two of the exercises that are considered best within the world where the body exercises, since both are aerobic exercises that support the problem of healthy weight loss, improve mood, increase energy , regulate high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

For some, walking is more of a way to get them somewhere, but it’s actually one of the best things you can give your body. The walking exercise , heals the body, improves physical appearance and provides long – term health.

Each step you take strengthens your cardiovascular system, tones your muscles and increases your power to burn fat, and decreases the chances of numerous diseases.

Walk and run

Brisk walking is more effective in reducing the risk of heart disease than running when the energy expenditure of these activities is balanced.

For the purpose of a particular study, a group of scientists compared the results of two separate studies over six years. They observed 33,060 runners and 15,045 walkers between the ages of 18 and 80.

The results showed that although the participants in both groups expended the same amount of energy, the walkers obtained greater health benefits than their peers.

Running can reduce the risk of heart disease by 4.5%, but walking can reduce this risk by 9.3%.

Walking had a major impact on the following factors that increase the risk of heart disease:

  • Walking reduced the risk of hypertension for the first time by 7.2% and 4.2%
  • Walking reduced the risk of high cholesterol for the first time by 7% and running by 4.3%
  • Both walking and running reduced the risk of diabetes for the first time by 12%.

Dr. Paul Williams of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory in California , the leader of this study, concluded that moderate intensity walking and running offer surprising health benefits, as they both involve the same muscle groups.

The difference is in the intensity of these activities. Runners and walkers were supposed to expend the same amount of energy to experience the same benefits, meaning they would have to walk a little more than they would have to run to achieve the same effect.

Walking and running can be done anywhere, anytime, it costs nothing, plus they are considered an excellent social activity.

Running is quite rigorous compared to walking, so if you prefer it better, you have to select an adjustment program that will improve your conditioning as soon as possible.

Exerting too much effort is harmful

According to a report published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology , people who force their bodies into harsh physical activities are likely to lose the benefits offered by walking.

This report was made by a group of researchers from Denmark. People who ran at a fast pace for more than 4 hours a week, and for more than three times a week, experienced the same risk of death as people who sat for long hours and did not exercise at all.

This was the result of a 12-year study. The results did not change even after the researchers took into consideration factors such as age, gender, health records, history of heart disease / diabetes, smoking, and alcohol use.

On the other hand, the lowest risk of death was seen in individuals who ran less than three times a week for 1-2.4 hours, of course at a slow to moderate pace.

People who ran a little more, for 2.5-4 hours a week at a faster pace, less than three times a week, scored a slightly higher risk of dying at 66%. This sure came as a surprise.

If you’re trying to lose excess weight and stay healthy, consider determining a happy medium that will protect your heart health, burn calories, and regulate blood sugar.

It’s a really good thing to know that even walking can bring such good benefits, right? This will probably bring joy to those who do not like to run.

Walking is beneficial for almost everyone

Walking exercise is an amazing activity for exercise beginners, or for individuals diagnosed with some health problem. Obese people will expose their bodies to less stress if they choose to walk rather than run.

Running has a repetitive nature, so the risk of injury is quite high, unlike walking. Running is considered by fitness gurus to be a high-impact exercise where you can hurt the knee, hip, and ankle joints.

Walking, on the other hand, is a low-impact activity and causes less damage to the body.
The chances of damaging your hips and knee joints when running are quite low, but you will still have to do lunges or squats at least twice a week.

About 10,000 steps a day make women feel 6 years younger, and men feel 4 years younger. Walking is easily implemented during work hours, so you can consider having a walking meeting or getting a treadmill desk.

Would you still rather run than walk?

If you can’t give up early morning jogging, do it on grass, forest paths, dirt, ash, and man-made tracks. Buy high-quality shoes and make sure you are executing it correctly. Consider gradually increasing the mileage you run.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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