Benjamin “Ben” Shoval serves as the president of the Washington State-based company Shoval & Co. During his free time, Ben Shoval enjoys taking long walks.
Studies have shown that long, brisk walks have the same effectiveness as running in reducing the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, all of which can lead to heart disease.
In a pioneering study that involved 48,000 individuals, researchers found that the important aspect is not the intensity of the workout but rather its duration. The study covered six years and involved more than 33,000 runners and 15,000 walkers.
Paul Williams, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, claims that the number of calories worked off in any given form of activity is key. He estimates, though, that those who choose to walk may need to walk for twice as long as runners run in order to achieve the same effect.