Walking Vs. Running for Overall Health and Fitness?
At Grace Pointe Living, we highly encourage our residents to utilize the exercise clubhouse facility, morning walking club at the Church, and socialize with others at our monthly potlucks and happy hours. Being healthy is a combination of emotional health and physical health!
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If you are wanting to take advantage of our amazing walking trails outdoors, or the indoor walking track at the Church, then you’ll want to make sure you are wearing the right kind of walking and running shoes, depending on your level of current fitness.
Walking vs. Running? What’s the best choice for you?
Should you choose walking versus running for overall health benefits? Both aerobic activities are simple to perform and promote weight loss. And both walking and running help regulate a healthy sleep rhythm, elevate your energy levels while awake, and even allow you to maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Running and walking can also be social exercises that you enjoy with friends or family members, and you can take a jog or a hike just about any time of the year, depending on where you live. At Grace Pointe Living, walking and running indoors and outdoors is always an option!
Walk or Run for Top Physical Health | The Choice is Up to You
Just remember that if you choose walking over running to improve your overall health, you will need to walk twice as far as you run to gain the same weight-loss benefits. Running is much more rigorous on your body and burns more calories. But walking is also much easier on your joints since the impact of your foot striking the ground is lessened. If you are just beginning some type of dedicated physical regimen, walking is definitely recommended, and you can always build up your endurance and physical fitness to include running in the future.
And in some cases, walking can give you many of the same benefits as running, with less downside. For instance, extensive research taken from the Runners and Walkers Health Study shows that both running and walking equally cut down on your risk of contracting age-related cataracts. That significant body of information, compiled from tens of thousands of runners and walkers, also showed that runners could expect a reduction in the risk of contracting heart disease by about 4.5% by running one hour a day.
But those who spent that same one hour daily simply walking cut their risk of heart disease by over 9%. Certainly, walking and running both improve your overall health and fitness much more than if you were sedentary instead. So choose whichever exercise best fits your current fitness levels and situation. And for weight loss, running is definitely the better vehicle than walking. That is because of the increased energy expenditure, elevated heart rate, and calorie burn.
You should always consult a doctor before adding any type of exercise to your daily routine. But both walking and running are excellent ways to get you up and active and are low-cost activities which you can enjoy even if you only have a limited amount of time on your hands. There is no argument that running or walking is much healthier than not doing either, so put one foot in front of the other today and begin to enjoy the heart and total body benefits are that these simple but healthy exercises can provide.
Make a Physical Health Plan for 2019
Make a plan this Spring to either use the indoor Church walking and running track or get outside and enjoy the wonderful walking and running trails of Grace Pointe Living! It’s our mission to get more life into YOUR LIFE! Help us achieve that by becoming more involved in your health and enjoying the programs and opportunities we provide to you here at Grace Pointe Living!
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