Running and walking both have their pros and cons.
Recent research, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that habitual runners gain less weight than habitual walkers, when the amount of energy they expend in their workouts is the same.
And another study, published in the same month in a different journal, showed that running is no better than walking for the prevention of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.
So, when it comes to your metabolic health, walking is just as good as running. But when it comes to fitting into that pair of jeans, running trumps walking. There you have it.
Both running and walking have had their ups and downs. Researchers began investigating the health effects of running in the early 1980s, as the numbers of self-identified joggers in the nation grew from 100,000 to over 30 million.
The positives were chronicled, but physicians were starting to see many more stress fractures, inflammations of the knee, heel spurs and shin splints. They wondered if running could be doing more harm than good.
News of the natural release of endorphins, the so-called “runner’s high” also reached the masses, contributing to the thought by some that overzealous fitness nuts were perhaps becoming addicted to running.
Those fears were spiked in the summer of 1984 when 52-year-old best-selling author and running guru Jim Fixx collapsed and died from a massive heart attack while jogging.
About the same time, the Rockport shoe company commissioned cardiologist James Rippe to investigate the benefits of walking. The question to be answered was, might a less intense form of exercise do the body good?
Rippe published promising data suggesting that a brisk half-hour walk taken three times a week was enough to improve cardiovascular health by 15 percent.
The sport shoe industry now had a new focus to bring to the marketplace.
During the mid-1980s, Rockport released the ProWalker athletic shoe, the first product in its class.
As walking starting increasing in popularity and running declined (by almost 40 percent from 1979 to 1985), more than 40 companies followed Rockport’s lead and began selling versions of the walking shoe.
One advertising director was quoted as saying, “If you look at the fitness boom as ripples on a pond, then jogging was the first ring, aerobics the second, and we think walking is the third.”
Both running and walking can be healthy forms of exercise. The potential for abuse for runners is greater however.
Nevertheless, the best form of exercise is the one you will do regularly.
Running and walking both have their pros and cons.
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County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
A Visit with a bell-The Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea
I have wanted for some time to visit and interview people and food establishments here in Madison County and surrounding areas that you may have not gotten a chance to visit. \
I chose the Dinner Bell in Berea for my column this week.
Extension celebrates 100 years of nutrition education
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
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