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As Long As Energy Expenditure Is Comparable, Running And Walking Are Just As Beneficial

April 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who looked at self-reported energy use data from 33,060 runners and 15,045 brisk walkers discovered that if the same energy was used in their activity, runners and walkers experienced the same health benefits. The study found basically that the more runners ran and walkers walked, the more health benefits – lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, reduced risk of diabetes – accrued. Among the interesting statistics gathered through questionnaires: running reduced first time coronary heart disease 4.5 percent, while brisk walking reduced it by 9.3 percent. Similar results were found for hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol levels.
Paul T. Williams and Paul D. Thompson, "Walking Versus Running for Hypertension, Cholesterol, and Diabetes Mellitus Risk Reduction", Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, April 04, 2013, © American Heart Association, Inc.
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