Heart Health: Brisk Walking vs. Running

In an article recently published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Paul Williams (a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California) and Dr. Paul Thompson (a cardiologist at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut) analyzed information from the National Runners’ Health Study and the National Walkers’ Health Study.

Over six years, data from over 33,000 runners and almost 16,000 walkers between 18 and 80 (most were between 40 and 60) showed some interesting results:

Runners Walkers
High Blood Pressure risk -4.2% -7.2%
High Cholesterol risk -4.3% -7.0%
Diabetes risk -12.1% -12.3%
Heart Disease risk -4.5% -9.3%

For the full report, take a look at the WebMD article Brisk Walking May Equal Running for Heart Health.

You can also listen to it here.

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