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Walking may lower heart risks as effectively as running.

If you're concerned that your brisk walking routine isn't lowering your odds of heart trouble as much as the runners you see beside you on the treadmills or jogging paths, a recent study may provide some reassurance. Research reported in the American Heart Association journal Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology compared the effects of running vs. walking in terms of time spent doing those activities, rather than in terms of distance covered. Researchers found that walking actually reduced the risk of first-time hypertension, first-time high cholesterol and coronary heart disease a little more than running did. The key, of course, is that walkers must keep up a brisk pace to achieve these results. Researchers suggest that walking may be a more sustainable activity for more people, compared to running, though runners may inevitably exercise more because they will expend more energy in an hour than walkers. Before you begin any significant exercise program, check with your doctor to see if there are any concerns or limitations you should understand.

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Title Annotation:HEART BEAT
Publication:Heart Advisor
Date:Jun 1, 2013
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