Magazine article Work & Family Life

What's the Best Exercise, Walking or Running?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

What's the Best Exercise, Walking or Running?

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New studies comparing the relative benefits of walking and running have the answer to that question: it depends almost completely on what you're trying to accomplish.

If it's weight control, running wins handily, according to the National Runners and Walkers Health Study conducted by the lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and reported in the "Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise" journal.

More than 15,000 walkers and 32,000 runners were asked about their weight, waist measurement, diet and typical walking or running mileage when they joined the study and up to six years later. The runners were almost uniformly thinner than the walkers when the study began, and they stayed that way.

One reason for this may be the effect of running on one's appetite. Physiology researchers at the University of Wyoming recruited volunteers who either ran or walked on a treadmill for an hour. …

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