Run or Walk Your Way to a Healthy Heart

Running For Life

by Brenda Morales 

Running is not only good for your soul; it is also good for your heart and overall health. Scientific evidence proves that regular exercise, particularly running, approximately 30 minutes at least five times a week has health benefits that extend well beyond any medication a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, and other unpleasant health conditions.

If you are not a runner, or maybe you’ve had an injury and can’t run then just walk – every step you take is part of your journey to good health. In fact, walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes as much as running, according to a new study conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National, Life Science Division in Berkeley, California. This is because the most important factor is not the intensity of your workout but the total energy used, so as long as the energy used is similar, the health boost is similar as well.

Maybe you’ve been sedentary for a while, and that’s no problem, just start slow. Even if it’s just a five or ten minute walk per day, it’s still better than nothing. Focus on setting goals for yourself and then you can work toward your overall goal of perhaps 30 minutes a day by increasing your time and distance as you get in better shape. Once you feel comfortable and want more of a challenge you can try adding handle and/or ankle weights to help pick up the intensity while maintaining a slower pace.

Try to get more walking by taking your dog out for a stroll through the neighborhood, or spending quality time with your family at the park. At work, you can try taking a fifteen minute walk after your lunch or during your break, or park farther away from your office and use the stairs instead of the elevator.

Before you know it, brisk walking can become a part of your daily routine. The best type of activity for your heart is moderate-intensity aerobic exercise and that includes brisk walking. Therefore, whether it’s walking, jogging, or running, staying active will help control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve your mental health. Start walking today!

American Heart Association. “Walking Versus Running for Hypertension, Cholesterol, and Diabetes Mellitus Risk Reduction”

At the Holistic Healing Heart Center, Doctor Cynthia and her team of holistic primary care physicians provide one-stop shopping for all your health care needs. They provide primary care services and progressive heart disease treatment as well as integrative lifestyle programs to help you stay healthy and age gracefully.Often described as one of the best Los Angeles heart specialists, Dr. Cynthia is a holistic cardiologist and functional medicine doctor who will listen to you; ask questions about your lifestyle, environmental exposures, and genetic influences that may impact your health; and then provide thoughtful treatment recommendations, as described below.

  • Preventive treatments including traditional, alternative, and naturopathic (acupuncture, homeopathy) remedies for medical conditions and heart disease.
  • Wellness training including nutrition, weight loss, lifestyle management, and mindfulness.
  • Rejuvenation services including iv nutritional therapy (Myers cocktail iv drip), bioidentical hormone therapy, non-invasive facial and cellulite laser treatment, non-surgical fat removal, SculpSure body contouring, and other aesthetics services.

As an experienced and trusted holistic primary care physician, functional medicine doctor and naturopathic cardiologist, Dr. Cynthia has been providing whole person health care to the residents of Burbank, Valencia, greater Los Angeles, and Southern California communities for more than 20 years.

In 2019, she is pleased to be joined by Dr. Barbara Rush, a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist, who specializes in Chelation & iv nutritional therapy, Anti-Aging, Environmental Medicine, Fertility and Natural Hormone Balance, all using the original Functional Medicine approach. Since 2005, DR. Rush has been in clinical practice, helping people with holistic and alternative medicine. Dr. Rush combines eclectic healing arts, steeped in ancient wisdom with the best evidence-based science to achieve balanced health for her patients. She takes the time to listen to patients, treating every person as individual so they receive a customized treatment plan that works best for them. Dr. Rush has joined the Holistic Healing Heart Center and is providing the best naturopathic medicine near me.

Call 818-842-1410 today to learn how the Holistic Healing Heart Center can help you prevent disease, stay healthy, and age gracefully.