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The Healthy Programmer by Joe Kutner

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Walking Your Way to Better Health

It’s common to say that humans were born to run, but it’s more likely that we were born to walk. The ratio of distance covered to energy expenditure when we walk is much higher than it is when we run. You can test this out right now. Find a hallway and walk down it, wait a few minutes, and then run down it. Which one left you more tired?

The chances are that you didn’t even start breathing heavily when you walked down the hall, but you may have broken a sweat when you ran. That doesn’t mean the walking wasn’t good for your health, though. The initial difference between walking and not walking provides the biggest impact on improving your overall health.

In a recent study done at the Shinshu University School ...

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