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Grab Your Walking Cane! 3 Reasons
Why Walking is Better than Running

Running is one of the fastest ways to lose weight. However, it’s hard on joints. You didn’t need us to tell you that, right? Aching knees and hips deliver that message loud and clear. The good news is that walking is even better than running when it comes to supporting a healthy weight, lifestyle and your overall physical well-being.

The following three facts will inspire you to trade your running shoes for comfortable walking shoes, grab your walking cane and hit the road.

  1. Walking benefits your mental well-being. Forget about the direct physical and medical benefits for a minute. According to the American Heart Association, walking enhances mental well-being. Those who take walks on a regular basis suffer less from depression than those that don’t.
  2. Reduce serious health risks. In 2013, a comprehensive study was completed by researchers at the Life Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. After reviewing data over six years, from tens of thousands of runners and walkers, researchers found when the same level of energy is expended, walking was more effective than running for reducing serious health risks like high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular heart disease.
  3. It’s much easier on your joints. Even with the right shoes, the impact of running is collectively hard on the joints. For those with pre-existing medical conditions, arthritis or other joint ailments, running isn’t an option. Walking with comfortable shoes and a supportive walking cane protects knees and hips while providing valuable daily exercise.

Tips for Making Walking a Part of Everyday Life

Ready to start making walking a part of your daily life? Here are suggestions:

Grab a partner. Walking alone isn’t nearly as motivating as walking with a partner. It could be your neighbor, a friend, your mate or your dog. Find a partner and add “walking” to the calendar.

Take 10,000 steps. The American Heart Association recommends taking at least 10,000 steps a day. This is easier to accomplish than you think. Try walking to get the mail or parking a little further away from the building when you run errands.

Equip yourself. Invest in walking shoes, an @Html.ActionLink(“all-terrain walking cane”, “index”, “howitworks”, null, new { title = “how the hurrycane walking cane works” }) and a pedometer to support your body and keep track of how far you’re moving.

Stop running and start walking. It’s the safer and healthier way to embrace an active lifestyle.

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