Here is why, as published by the American Heart Association: “Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running can, according to surprising findings reported in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.”
The study found that both more running and more walking equated to more health benefits. According to the American Heart Association:
· Running significantly reduced risk for first-time hypertension by 4.2 percent and walking reduced risk by 7.2 percent.
· Running reduced first-time high cholesterol by 4.3 percent and walking by 7 percent.
· Running reduced first-time diabetes by 12.1 percent compared to 12.3 percent for walking.
· Running reduced coronary heart disease by 4.5 percent compared to 9.3 percent for walking.
According to Paul T. Williams, Ph.D., the study’s lead author, “People are always looking for an excuse not to exercise, but now they have a straightforward choice to run or to walk and invest in their future health.”
So, when in doubt, GO FOR A WALK. You don’t have to do an extravagant exercise program. The key is to do something, do it consistently, and (here it comes again) DO IT NOW!
What About Weight Lifting?
Whether you are into weight lifting or not, here is some very interesting information.
Humans, have both red and white meat, or in other words, both red and white muscle tissue.
People who do endurance training (marathons and triathlons) tend to have more red muscle tissue, and people who do resistance training (like weight lifting) tend to have more white.
This makes sense because when you lift a heavy weight, the chemicals in the white muscle tissue are used for quick bursts of energy and strength.
When you are doing long, steady exercise, chemicals in the red muscle tissue are used for slower, sustained energy.
There is a lot more to the bio-chemistry than that, but you get the picture.
Observations of diabetic patients report a whitening of their muscle tissue. For a long time, the accepted belief was that this whitening of skeletal muscle from diabetes was harmful.
However, new research has shown just the opposite. According to Life Science Institute, “In fact, the white muscle that increases with resistance training, age and diabetes helps keep blood sugar in check, the researchers showed.”
Of course, more research needs to be done. This is why it is so important to keep an open mind and go to doctors who stay on the cutting-edge of information and new research like Dr. Eben Davis, chiropractor in downtown San Francisco..
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