I truly admire those of you who are runners, but I am not a runner, and I don’t intend to become a runner, plain and simple. Leta Andrews took every ounce of running I ever had in me, and that was a lot! Besides, I determined long ago that a very fast walk was every bit as good for me as running ever was.
This fact was recently backed up with a new study published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, a journal of the American Heart Association. The six year study actually showed that walking provided a larger reduction in risk for hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and coronary heart disease than did running!
In fact, when walking and running equal distances, walking reduced high cholesterol levels by 7% where running reduced it by 4.3%. Walking also reduced high blood pressure by 7.2% and running by 4.2%. Similarly, Walking reduced coronary heart disease by 10% while running reduced it by 4.5%.
It looks to me as if the bottom line is simple. If you love running, run. If you’d rather walk, walk. Just do something, and do it briskly!