What Is More Beneficial: Walking or Running?

Some people may think that you would burn the same number of calories if you ran or walked a mile. Most would choose to walk because it is less strenuous whereas running requires a lot more effort. Running you’re actually jumping from one foot to the other which requires more muscle. That is why running will burn 50% more calories than walking, regardless of the distance. That is true, even though it takes less time to run the distance. The take away is if you have less time, make the most of it by running. That being said, walking should not be discounted when it comes to exercise choices, especially as you get older. It may not burn as many calories but it has the advantage of being a practical substitute in place of driving short distances. After all, you can walk to the store around the corner without having to change clothes and you won't likely need a shower. In addition, you don't have to be particularly skilled to start walking. It's something that most of us have done since we were children. You can walk outside to get some fresh air or walk around the inside of a shopping mall. It's a safe way to exercise with a minimal chance of injury. The real key to making the most of your walking is to go for a brisk walk. You can't simply go for a casual stroll and you can't do it intermittently if you want to get the benefit. It may take some time to work up until you are able to go 3 miles or 45 minutes without stopping but if you can do it at least five times a week, it's a great way to enhance your health and life.