Walking and Volkssports Are Great for Your Health and Fitness
Temperatures are warming up, but they still fluctuate. Rain is likely. Flowers are blooming, and so are trees, grasses, etc.--and that means pollen. A wonderful time to walk so long as you do that safely. (Yes, some advice applies every season, which makes it worth repeating.)
100 Benefits of Walking for Health
David Sabgir, MD and founder of Walk with a Doc, posted a wonderful list about the benefits of walking, and even provided a link for more information for each. Check it out.
Walking versus Running
2013 research in the American Heart Association's journal of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology found that walkers lowered their risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes just as much as runners.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's summary notes that "Walking and running involve the same muscle groups and the same motions — though at different intensities — and that could be the reason why both forms of exercise improve health. So, if you go for a three-mile walk and expend the same amount of energy as someone who runs the same distance, both of you reduce your risk of cardiovascular problems by about the same amount."
For anyone confused about which is better for you, walking or running, knee problems aside, this is important supporting evidence.
Want to read the medical research? (I quickly gave up.) Here's a link.
Brisk Walking versus the Gym: Which is Better for Losing Weight.
In September 2015 the US Surgeon General called on Americans to Step It Up! and walk more. That was music to this club's ears. We have promoted regular walking since 2000.
See our dedicated Step It Up! page for more information and links.