Walking Fast Improves Your Health More Than Going to the Gym

Published On 11/06/2015 Published On 11/06/2015

If you're anything like the people who work at Thrillist, you're way too busy eating cheeseburgers to get the gym. But now, it appears science has provided a new and probably way more legit reason not to hit up your local fitness center, and it's basically the definition of amazing (that was a fitness joke!).

New research from the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests that people who engage in “regular, brisk walking” for at least 30 minutes a day are more likely to weigh less, have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI), and have a smaller waist than people who play sports or exercise at the gym. In other words, you just read the best news ever. 

Speaking in part on the political climate around exercise and diet in the UK, the study's author, Dr. Grace Lordan, said in a press release, "The results thus provide an argument for a campaign to promote walking… Focus on physical activity is less controversial as it would not be subject to political lobbying as is the case for 'fat' tax and other policies that aim to change consumption of junk foods in a person’s diet.”

The findings were particularly pronounced among women, people over the age of 50, and people with low incomes, according to the release. However, this is not to say you should just go for a stroll in the park if you're trying to shed a few pounds.

"It is slightly false to say walking is as good as going to the gym," Mike Loosemore, a Lead Consultant Sports Physician for The Institute of Sport, Exercise, and Health, told the Independent. "It is brisk and fast walking which is as good as the gym, it doesn’t mean a meandering walk through the countryside looking at flowers. A very brisk walk means almost short of breath.”

So, while you'll have to walk so fast that you're nearly running, it still beats forcing yourself to overcome the colossal lack of motivation and hulking mountain of laziness standing between you and the gym. 

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and is GREAT at walking! Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.



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