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Running or Walking???

August 13th, 2012

There are some questions you should ask yourself before deciding between a running or walking exercise routine. What are my intentions? Do I want to lose fat, build stamina or just improve my cardiovascular health? Do I have any limitations or health issues? The answer to these personal questions and the following information will give you a clearer idea of whether to go for a run, or a walk.

 

Running and walking have similar benefits. Both ancient exercises are known to help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, lose weight and increase daily energy. Walking a mile and running a mile will both burn the same amount of calories. The question is how you want to burn those calories.

 

The difference between running and walking is that while walking, there’s always a foot on the ground.  During running, both feet leave the ground at some point during every stride. This is the key difference leads to a simple conclusion. Running is more intense.

Because running is a more intense workout, it burns 30% more calories in the same amount of time and exercises the heart better than walking. However, the down side of this intensity is the extra strain it puts on your joints and back.

 

Walking is a safer way of working out. You’re much less likely to get injured while walking than running, which is why people like walking so much. It’s comfortable, allows you to have a better posture and limits the stress put on your joints and back. To get the most out of walking, you should walk at a speed at which you break light sweat and experience slightly quicker breathing.

 

Keep in mind that running and walking are both great ways to stay in shape, and one isn’t any better than the other. They’re just different and should be chosen at your personal intentions.

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