Running vs. Walking: Which Is Better for Lasting Health? They’re both beneficial physically and mentally, but there’s a clear winner
The New York Times reports on the health benefits of walking and running with experts including Bella Mehta, MBBS, MS, MD, rheumatologist at HSS.
Walking is among the world’s most popular forms of exercise, and far and away the most favored in the United States. And for good reason: It’s simple, accessible and effective. Taking regular walks lowers the risk of many health problems including anxiety, depression, diabetes and some cancers.
If you can nudge even part of your walk into a run, it offers many of the same physical and mental benefits in far less time. But just how much better is running? And how can you turn your walk into a run?
Researchers have debunked myths that running will always wreck your knees, but short-term injuries are more common in runners than walkers. Easing into walking first allows your body time to adapt, which in turn reduces risk, said Dr. Mehta.
In fact, even experienced runners who take a break should gradually build back up.
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