STUDY: 30-minute brisk walking is more effective than running

Scientists at the London School of Economics revealed a 30-minute brisk walk is more effective in making you lose weight compared to running or going to the gym.

The study led by Dr. Grace Lordan compared the measurements of individuals who performed 30 minutes of fast paced walking to individuals who performed the same amount of heavy housework, manual labor as well as sports.


Based on physical activity levels from the yearly Health Survey for England between 1999 and 2012, their findings revealed that males and females who performed brisk walking regularly had smaller waists and lower BMIs compared to individuals who did regular exercise.

“For any given person with the same dietary intake, the person who is just briskly walking on average is a slimmer person that the person who is doing all of this extreme exercise,” Dr. Brett Belchetz, a medical columnist at North by Northwest (a Canadian show on the CBC network) explained.

Exercise in Moderation

According to Dr. Belchetz, everything must be done in moderation when it comes to exercising.

The expert suggested exercising about three to four times a week, not taking more than 30 minutes per exercise.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which used data involving 1,000 people over 12 years, revealed that jogging between one and 2.4 hours a week at a slow pace is the ideal amount to prolong life.

“The runners who were running the most—and the most vigorously, those who were running at an average pace of seven miles per hour or faster, and running for more than four hours per week, actually had mortality rates that were just as bad as the couch potatoes that never got off the couch.” Dr. Belchetz said. “So they were undoing all of the benefit of exercising, by exercising too much,” he added.

Written by mmalabanan

Mini is a work-at-home mom from Laguna. Aside from writing, she's passionate about breastfeeding and homeschooling.

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