VIDEO. Does a walk sound like yesterday’s news to you and your patients? Think the caloric expenditure is not worth the time and effort? Then check out this research. According to a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the prediction of metabolic energy which walking requires affects numerous health and fitness outcomes. It seems that it has been underestimated.
Researchers adopted a two-step approach to identify a concise, generalized equation for predicting human walking metabolism. They compared the accuracy of three literature equations: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Pandolf et al., and Height-Weight-Speed (HWS) along with the goodness-of-fit from one- vs. two-component descriptions of walking metabolism. Their findings indicate the old equations underestimate the caloric burn by up to 20%. The researchers have developed a new calculation that takes into account different weights and heights along with walking speed.
So not only does walking provide numerous health benefits but the caloric burn is likely higher than we thought.
Watch the quick video for three more reasons to encourage your patients to walk or share the video with them.
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