Thursday, 11 April 2013

Walk your way to a beter health

For the millions and millions and millions of you who – like me – can’t stand running or jogging or whatever that mode of exercise is called, the good news is that a study in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology has concluded that walking is every bit as good for all intents and purposes given that the major two intents of any exercise regime - or even any extra effort at all – are of course to live longer and in better health.

In this study that analyzed data from 33,060 runners in the National Runners’ Health Study and 15,045 walkers in the National Walkers’ Health Study concluded that over the period of 6 years, brisk walkers were as able to lower their cholesterol levels, lower their blood pressure levels, and improve bother their diabetes coronary heart disease risk profiles as much as the runners were.

This was true only so long, of course, as the walkers walked briskly, not at an ambling, gee- is-that-a-flower-bed-ver-there-that-I-should go-and-smell pace?

In fact, the dirty little secret is that the walkers did even better than the runners if the walkers spent as much time walking as the runners spent running.

Walking is the sport: it’s cheap, easy to do anywhere even inside, much more sociable than running, and much less likely to lead to injury.

Now, go take a hike, OK?