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Walking and its Healthy Benefits

Don’t let the “Run” in Matt’s Run scare you. Whether the course is completed via a timely sprint or a leisurely stroll, everyone is welcome to join.

One thing is for certain: both means of bipedal motion are good for your health. Running has its immediate benefits because it expends more energy than walking — roughly 2½ times more energy, according to a study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Walking also has its fair share of healthy pros.

According to the National Runners and Walkers Health Study, walking or running lowers the risk of age-related cataracts. But wait, there’s more. Walking boasts an even greater decrease in health risks than running does in certain areas. According to the same National Runners and Walkers survey, running lowers the risk of high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol profiles, diabetes and heart disease by 4.5 percent, whereas walking decreases those health risks by over 9 percent.

Another inherent advantage to walking over running is its decreased risk of injury such as shin splints and blisters.

So, whether your goal is a five-minute mile or a 20-minute stroll, running and walking both offer benefits.

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