Walking or Running for Fitness?.

Any aerobic exercise is good for burning calories, helping to detox the body and keep you fit and flexible, but what are the benefits of running as opposed to walking?.running-573762_1280

Running and walking will both strengthen and build your cardiovascular fitness, improve your sleep, help with weight loss, elevating your mood, fighting the increase of cholesterol related illness and controlling blood sugar levels.

It is a common misconception that walking does not burn up body fat as rapidly as running. Although walking is a lower intensity workout, it has the effect of using fat stored in the body as fuel. Once you begin running, the carbohydrates stored in your body are used as fuel.

Either way, it comes down to how many calories are used for your workout. It can be said that running burns calories at a quicker rate and walking burns more fat, but both are effective ways of loosing weight and increasing fitness.

Walking or running in a group situation or with a friend, is an excellent way to motivate each other to stay on an exercise programme and make it a social activity.

As both exercises can be enjoyed at most hours of the day, you can make your walking time a great way to catch up with a like minded friend so you can motivate each other. Having a set time and commitment with a friend or fitness group increases the chances of fitness success.

Walking is certainly a prefered low impact exercise for your joints, and a good way to slowly increase your fitness levels, especially after illness. Many people who are just starting to loose weight need to consider the stress levels of fitness on their joints and cardiovascular system and choose walking as a slow build up to running.

It is important to consider with running that more pressure is placed on your hip, knee and ankle joints and as its of a repetitive nature, creating a greater risk of injury.

To combat injury, a correctly fitted, well padded running shoe is a good investment. Many sports stores have staff who can advise and fit your feet for the level of training you wish to undertake. A good shoe is one that will absorb the surface impact whilst you exercise. Softer running surfaces around the local grassy oval, walking track, or specially designed sports track are a fun alternative from the concrete footpaths we seem to find ourselves on.

Often our bodies like a less vigourous workout one day and a stronger workout the next. We can still look to maintain a level of fitness if we choose to walk one day and run the next. Both routines exercise the cardio vascular systems, burn calories and keep the muscles active. It comes down to listening to the stress levels of your body and balancing your energy accordingly.

Burning calories is faster with running due to the intensity of use to your body systems. To compare, walking at an quick pace the distance of 6.4 km will burn 187 calories. If you choose to run the distance of 9.6 km you would burn 365 calories.

The health benefits are positive whichever form of exercise you prefer.

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6 Responses to “Walking or Running for Fitness?.”

  1. Erica
    February 24, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    I have fibromyalgia and arthritis and my elderly neighbor and I walk every day to keep us both moving and free from stiffness and pain. It’s so nice to catch up on each other’s days. I think it’s more than just good for our bodies. Our minds are better for having the company.

    • Loren
      February 25, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

      I walk with my neighbor too. It’s a great way to build community. We have several neighborhood groups that get together. And our school opens up in the winter when it’s too cold to allow us to walk.

  2. Davika
    February 24, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    I couldn’t walk if you paid me. After I work all day long I want to run to pound all the stress out of my body. Walking seems so slow and calm. That almost sounds strange, but I feel so much calmer just getting everything out of my body with each thump, thump, thump, of my feet.

  3. Chase
    February 26, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    I love them both. I run for the peace and health, and walk with my wife and kids to have some family time and so my wife can have someone to get her moving. She’s not a runner, and probably never will be, and that’s OK too.

  4. Mack
    April 13, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    Love both and its great to combine the 2 every week. And as mentioned above walking is a wonderful activity to do with the family.

  5. Barry
    June 15, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    Walking rules and far less stress on your joints!

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