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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Community invited to celebrate Mary Tate Weitkamp’s 80th Wednesday
You are invited come to Union City and celebrate Mary Tate Weitkamp’s 80th birthday on Wednesday night, Dec. 18. The party will be 6 p.m. at the Union City Ruritan. They request no gifts. Just bring a picture, card or a smile. Cake and punch will be served.
Christmas is less than two weeks away
Hello from Baldwin.
How is everyone’s week going? I hope everyone is having a great one. I also hope you are staying warm and safe.
Snow and cancellations allow us to slow down
Oh! What a great morning this Tuesday, Dec. 10, with a light snow falling and the sun is trying to shine. Isn’t life just wonderful!
Richmond’s Christmas parade is Friday night
Do you have most of your Christmas shopping done? If not, take a deep breath of air, make a hot cup of tea to clear your mind and schedule an upcoming day to finish your task.
Better safe than sorry with bad weather is forecast
How did you like the “snow day” on Tuesday?
Better safe than sorry, right?
According to the weather forecasters, more of the white stuff may be falling this weekend.
Ice forecast brings back memories of big storms
I am glad that this weather has been a hit or miss for us.
Al, Alice & Ruth holiday concert Saturday
The Al, Alice & Ruth Holiday Musical Special is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Berea Arena Theater. The show will feature special guest Richard Bellando. Featuring the sounds of banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass, the show will include both traditional tunes such as “Jingle Bells” and “What Child is This” and new Al, Alice & Ruth originals, “Caroling in the Snow” and “Starlit Lullaby.” Admission is $5.
Cold-weather horse nutrition
Winter may not arrive officially until Dec. 21, but wintry weather is already here.
Consider these ideas for feeding your horses this winter.
The first thing every horse owner should do is assess your horses’ body condition scores, or the amount of fat they are carrying.
This is simple numeric system, ranging from 1 to 9 that will help you adjust your horses’ diets so they are carrying the perfect amount of body weight.
Choose the right Christmas tree
When choosing a Christmas tree, freshness is the key. To ensure that your tree has optimum freshness, it is best to cut it yourself.
Now, that is not to say that you need to cut one out of your or your neighbor’s yard, but there are several tree farms in central Kentucky.
If you decide not to cut your own tree, there are several tree lots to choose from in the area. Many of the trees found on tree lots will probably not have been cut locally, but instead shipped in from other states such as North Carolina or even Colorado. Ask the vendor where the trees are from.
Winter chill means it’s soup time in Kentucky
I love the winter months because I can try some new and different soups. I use the crock pot for most of all my soups. Here are some recipes you might like to try.
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