Study Finds Heart Health May Improve Whether You Run or Walk

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Your heart health can be improved in many ways such as not smoking, limiting alcohol, eating a healthy diet, and especially getting enough exercise. A good cardiovascular exercise routine has been shown to be beneficial when it comes to reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering the impact of disabling conditions such as heart attack or stroke.

Researchers have found that two of the popular types of exercise, walking and running, are both great opportunities for cardiovascular health improvement. Recent studies from Dr. Paul Williams and Dr. Paul Thompson published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology analyzed the benefits of these exercises to determine if one was more effective than the other.

The researchers found that while both produce the same heart health benefits when the same amount of energy is expended, runners expend about twice as much energy as walkers, which allows them to reap greater health benefits.

This isn’t to say that everyone who wants to improve their heart health needs to start running for exercise. “Walking may be a more sustainable activity for some people when compared to running,” researcher Williams said in a release. “However, those who choose running end up exercising twice as much as those who choose walking…probably because they can do twice as much in an hour.”

If you want to start a walking or running regimen, talk to your doctor or a personal trainer to determine a good plan to maximize your heart health benefits and minimize risk of injury.

Personal health improvements to counter risk factors for disabling conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are steps anyone can take with the right resources and knowledge. Regular visits to your physician can help keep you on the right track to reducing the risk of disability in the future.

If you are currently suffering from disabling conditions and they cause you to be unable to perform substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for long-term disability benefits. Contact Disability Help Group to discuss your options for disability benefits. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.