Walking May Be as Healthful as Running

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A new study by the American Heart Association reveals that walking can bring you the same health benefits as running.

But you have to walk more to get those benefits because runners expend about twice the energy as walkers.

Still, walking is easier for many people and either activity can reduce the risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

A closer look reveals that the benefits of walking actually surpass the benefits of running, but that means walking briskly, not strolling.

Researchers studied more than 33,000 runners who participated in the National Runners' Health Study and more than 15,000 walkers in the National Walkers' Health Study.

Researchers say physical activity, such as a brisk walk for about an hour, will help people stay healthy.

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