Good news for all sedentary middle-aged people! A recent study from the Mayo Medical School in Minnesota analyzed the effect of a three month interval-walking program on peak aerobic capacity (the amount of oxygen consumed per unit of work). Compared to the non-training group, the training group – over three months – increased their peak aerobic capacity by an average of 28 percent. The regimen involved five or more sets of three-minute, low-intensity walking alternated with three minutes of high-intensity walking for an average of four days per week.
Running can also be good for you, but, as the scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California found out, although running reduced the risk of heart disease by 4.5 percent in individuals between 18 and 80 over a six-year period, walking reduced the risk of heart disease by 9.8 percent (almost double). So it is safe to say that you “should walk, not run, when you cross the street”. A walking interval-training program is apparently the way to go…so get going!
Until next time…