admin - July 8, 2013
In recent years, a great deal of research has surrounded the health benefits of walking versus running. Yes, it’s true that running for a certain amount of time, like a half an hour, can burn more calories than walking for half an hour. Other than this, taking the slow and steady approach through walking has been seen to provide just as many health benefits as running.
One study, published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology in April 2013, found that after examination of 33,000 runners and 16,000 walkers over a period of six years, both walking and running offered reductions in high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. The difference between this study and past studies that found that running was healthier is that this study compared running and walking based on distance, not time.
This is just one example that proves it’s not your speed that matters – it’s the effort you put into it. It’s the fact that you’re doing something. You’re trying. So the next time you feel like your stamina isn’t cutting it, just remember that you don’t have to go fast, you just have to go.