Be Happy : Friday’s Health & Fitness Fact

7 Jun

Walk yourself fit!

Not a fan of running?

Walking at a brisk pace – 15 minutes per mile – burns almost as many calories as jogging for the same distance.

Not only this, but it reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.

So get those walking shoes on this weekend, leave the car at home, and walk to the shops!

 

But dont forget …

Jogging takes less time to cover the same distance and is good for your bones.

Weight-bearing exercises like running reduce your risk of osteoporosis, as it helps maintain bone mineral density.

 

Did you know?

There are many misconceptions around running and it’s effect on the body.

Many believe that running is bad for bones and joints, however recent research from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2008) found no evidence of accelerated rates of osteoarthritis among long-distance runners when compared with healthy non-runners.

It is in fact suggested that running could delay the onset of arthritis by more than 12 years – with those that run between 6 and 20 miles a week seeing the most benefit.

Professor Jim Fries, an expert in healthy ageing, emeritus professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, California, and senior author of the study found the following from his research:

‘Running or jogging does not increase the risk of osteoarthritis, even though traditionally we thought it was a disease of wear and tear.

‘It’s the wearing that’s OK and not the tearing, because it’s important to avoid injury. 

We know now that painless running or other activities which are aerobic and make you fit help you remain vigorous for longer. 

You are four times better off in avoiding disability, and that’s what we all worry about. 

But we can’t say the same for the type of exercise that involves tears around the joint, primarily through twisting and turning. This accelerates development of osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee. Internationally, the most frequent cause is football. 

Even ballet dancers are at increased risk for osteoarthritis – at the base of the big toes.’

 

So don’t let the many misconceptions of others hold you back!

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