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Outdoor ExcerciseFeel that walking isn't as good for you as running? A new study has shown that is not true! Walking can be just as good - if not better - for you! The key here is that you need to expend as much energy as runners do. And, for walkers, that means more time walking.

What's the benefit? According to research from the Life Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2013), walkers reduced their risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease by a greater percentage than runners did. For example, runners decreased their risk for high blood pressure by 4.2%, while walkers reduced their risk of high blood pressure by 7.2%. This seems to be because walkers exercised for more minutes per week than runners did.

Remember, to benefit from walking, you will need to expend energy. Another study done by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looked at the connection between walking speed and mortality. The study reported that increasing walking speed increased longevity. Increasing your speed by even a couple of minutes a mile had a significant improvement in longevity. If you cannot walk quickly, you must walk farther.

Walking can help you manage your weight, reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, and improve your mood. Don't feel you have to run to be healthy. Just pick up the pace a little and make sure you are putting in enough time and distance. You will quickly see why walking is one of the most popular exercises for people of all ages!

A strong healthcare plan is as beneficial as exercise to your overall health. Call TCU Insurance at (800) 772-8043 for more information on all your Elkhart health insurance needs.
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