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A 25-year-old male asked:

What is the good exercise running or walking?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Walking better,,,: Although running can be effective in the short term, it's hard to maintain if you're not used to it. It's better to start with a light walk, then make it more brisk according to how much it can be tolerated, and finally jogging within reason. This helps maintain a long term effort, and reduces the likelihood of joint damage.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Different for each: For some people one might be better than the other - but you are right, activity that stretches your normal limits is good for us. If you are careful not to overdo it and to avoid injury try each and discover which you like better. Best wishes!

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can walking be good exercise?

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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 29 years experience
The best!: Walking is the exercise! fish swim, birds fly, land-based mammals walk. Except for last 50 years, we spent most of our time standing/walking. Is walking 30 min then sitting all day good exercise? It beats 24 hours of just sitting. (see "23.5 hours" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auains6higo ) even better? Sit fewer than 3 hours a day & add 2+ good years to your life. http://tinyurl.com/6q69wtl.

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