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You say you don’t exercise because you can’t run? OK then: WALK!

A new study shows walking can produce the same benefits for your heart as running.

The study, published in an American Heart Association journal, found moderate intensity walking – at least 3 miles per hour -- produced the same heart healthy effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar as vigorous intensity running -- that’s about 5 miles per hour -- as long as the same amount of energy was used.

This six year study looked at more than 30,000 runners in the National Runners Health Study and more than 15,000 walkers in the National Walkers Health Study.

The age range: 18 to 80, but most were in their 40s and 50’s.

Both walking and running involve the same muscle groups --- but obviously at different levels of intensity. Doing either, regularly and frequently, is important.

The more and the more often the runners ran and the walkers walked, the greater the reduction in heart disease and heart disease
risk factors.

So- for your heart’s sake, walkers- keep walking; runners, keep running.

And enjoy the heart healthy benefits.