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Run on Into Walking

We all know people who can go for a 10 kilometre jog before work and think nothing of it. We marvel at their fitness and, if we're being honest with ourselves, can be more than a little jealous of their energy. But just because you can't break a land speed record without breaking a sweat you shouldn't be discouraged.

 

In fact, new research has found walking could be just as beneficial as running. Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US looked at more than 33,000 runners and 15,000 walkers and found that, as long as they expend the same amount of energy during an exercise session, runners and walkers see the same reduction in risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

 

Diabetes Queensland Health Promotion Co-ordinator Liz Harburg said the research should encourage everyone to get out and get active.

 

"What this means is that you can get the same benefits if you walk five kilometres as if you ran five kilometres," Ms Harburg says.

 

"So walkers can feel confident that their daily walk is contributing to reducing their risk of type 2 diabetes

 

"If you enjoy running, it is great way to improve your fitness and maintain a healthy weight but if walking is more your style, you can do so comfortable in the knowledge that you are being proactive about reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes."

 

To reduce risk of chronic disease Queenslanders should exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. If you have a medical condition you are strongly advised to talk with your GP and/or an AEP prior to starting exercise, especially if you would like to increase your exercise intensity. You can find an Accredited Exercise Physiologist by visiting www.essa.org.au