Walking and running are both popular activities, but whether one is superior to the other in terms of improving health has been debated for years. When compared to walking, recent studies have shown that runners are better able to maintain their weight over long periods of time and have greater ability to control their appetites. Researchers attribute the improved appetite control to higher blood levels of the hormone called peptide YY in the runners. This hormone has been shown to suppress appetite.

However, walking should not be discounted as it does have a number of benefits and may be a better fit for some as walking is easier on the body’s joints than running, causing far fewer injuries to heels, shins, knees and hips. It is also vastly preferable to being sedentary. Research shows that walkers have far less risk of high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol profiles, and heart disease when compared to sedentary people. Walkers also have a reduced risk of developing age-related cataracts.

Walking versus Running