Is running better than working out at the gym?

Running is said to be far more productive than working out at the gym. So is it appropriate to cancel our subscription - and move our exercise to the great outdoors?
Study: Running versus the gym
In general, it's always a good idea to move your exercise outdoors - but now you have a good reason. As a study group of the London "School of Economics and Political Science" has found out, runners are generally thinner than gym-goers. More than 50,000 people over the age of 13 were included in the analysis. The result: the people who ran briskly for at least 30 minutes a day had narrower waists and lower BMI's than people who did their intense work-out at the gym. An amazing result, after all, running is free and can be done virtually anywhere.

The only drawback: the researchers could not find out whether running was responsible for the thinner figure. In other words: If you are currently celebrating success thanks to regular gym workouts, then continue to do so. Nevertheless, a short walk is always beneficial - also from a health perspective.

Walks prevent disease
The United States Sanitary Inspector Vivek Murthy is a big advocate of walking. Speaking to "Associated Press" recently, he urged U.S. citizens to exercise more. "I firmly believe that everyone in America has a permanent place to run or to roll their wheelchairs," Murthy explained.

Overall, running has numerous positive effects on our bodies - and even prevents disease. According to the study, just twenty minutes a day is enough to reduce the risk of premature death by 30 percent, and thirty minutes already has a positive weight loss effect on the body. Walking for around 15 minutes after every meal helps regulate blood sugar levels. A good preventive measure for diabetes. And that's not all: walking is also good for the heart, against insomnia, and in the fight against depression.


 

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