Can walking reduce your risk of heart disease?

Can walking reduce your risk of heart disease?

In today’s blog, The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a look at walking and how it might reduce your risk of heart disease.  This is especially useful if you want to simply get fitter and you don’t like the gym but it may also be inspirational if you are worried about your heart but equally worried about the impact of heavy exercise on your body after a long period of inactivity.

Obviously we would recommend that before embarking on any kind of exercise you do take a visit to the Doctors and get the okay before doing anything.

Walking briskly in short can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes just as much as running.

In the USA, researchers analysed over 30’000 runners and over 15’000 walkers and compared results.  They discovered that the same energy that is used for moderate but intense walking and the vigorous energy intensity required for running actually resulted in similar reductions to the risk of blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes and potentially even coronary heart disease.

Essentially what this means is that walking at a bit of a pace is really, really good for you!

So how did the key results compare?

Running reduced the risk for first-time hypertension by just over four percent, while walking reduced the risk by over seven percent.

Running reduced the risk for first-time high cholesterol by over four percent, while walking reduced it by seven percent.

Running reduced coronary heart disease by just over four percent while it was over nine percent for walking.

In short, walking may well be a more easily sustained activity for people than running, but when you run you will be doing twice as much.  The simple rule here is that you have more time when you run as it takes longer to walk.

There is always an excuse not to exercise.  Perhaps you’re busy, or you work long hours, but even adding a bit of walking into your schedule a few times a week could have serious impact on your health, so why not give it a go?

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