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Your Heart Will Thank You!

Research suggests that if you’re getting into cardiovascular exercise in order to improve your heart health, it might not matter which kind of cardiovascular exercise you choose, HealthyHeart-webjust that you choose one.  In one study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers looked at data from two cohort studies for walkers and runners.  Initially, it looked as though running resulted in greater risk reductions for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and coronary heart disease.  When researchers controlled for the total calorie expenditure though (as running burns more calories than walking), the risk reduction became very similar to the reduction in these risks that one receives from walking.

This information could be good news for everyone.  For those who don’t enjoy or are unable to run, you can still get many health benefits by walking.  For those who might be a little pinched for time, jogging or running can get you the same heart healthy benefits as walking, just a little bit faster.  And for those who prefer other methods of cardiovascular exercise, there are likely similar benefits as well, as the benefits may be more connected with the calories you are burning than the exact exercise you do.

Overall, this is a great reminder to get outside and get moving, no matter your exercise of choice.  Your heart will thank you for it.


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