Apr 05, 2013
By AM740 Staff
Older Zoomers who exercise to keep fit can be confident that walking works to lower risk factors for heart disease just as well as running.
After six years of following a large group of runners and walkers researchers found that they had similar results lowering the risk of high blood pressure by 7.2 percent, high cholesterol by 7 percent and diabetes by 12.3 percent.
Paul T. Williams – at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California said researchers found that someone who walked at a moderate pace received the same reductions in risk as someone who ran at a vigorous pace, provided they both covered the same distance.
In the National Walkers’ Health Study participants’ ages ranged from 18 to 80 with most in their 40s and 50s.
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