Run (or walk) for your life

Which is better for your health: running or walking? neither (or actually, both), claims Paul T. Williams. He calls it the “exchangeability premise”, wherein one type of physical activity can be as beneficial as the other as long as it’s adjusted optimally. Very interesting.

One of Williams’ papers, from the April issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that habitual runners gain less weight than habitual walkers, when the amount of energy they put into their exercise routines is the same. The other, published in April in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, used a similar analysis to show that running is no better than walking when it comes to the prevention of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and coronary heart disease. So there you have it, and there you don’t. Running is better for your health, or perhaps it isn’t.

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