Is it better to walk or run?

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Is it better to walk or run?

Walking and running are the most popular physical activities but whether one is preferable to the other in terms of improving health has long been debated. Now, a variety of new studies are providing some answers. Their conclusion? It depends on what you are hoping to accomplish.

If, for instance, you are looking to control your weight, running wins. In a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise , and unambiguously titled "Greater Weight Loss From Running than Walking," researchers combed survey data from 15,237 walkers and 32,215 runners.

The runners almost uniformly were thinner than the walkers when each joined the study. And they stayed that way throughout. Over the years, the runners maintained their body mass and waistlines far better than the walkers.

But on other measures of health, new science shows that walking can be at least as valuable as running — and in some instances , more so. A study published this month found that both runners and walkers had equally diminished risks of developing age-related cataracts.

And in perhaps the most comforting of the new studies, published last month in Arteriosclerosis , Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, runners had far less risk of high BP, unhealthy cholesterol profiles, diabetes and heart disease than their sedentary peers. But the walkers were doing even better. Runners, for instance, reduced their risk of heart disease by about 4.5 per cent if they ran an hour a day. Walkers who expended the same amount of energy per day reduced their risk of heart disease by more than 9 per cent.
 

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Whether you run or walk, do it continuously with greater dedication in your aim to reduce your weight and leading healthier life.
 

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