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Can Walking Be As Good Of A Workout As Jogging?

walking as good as joggingAs many studies have shown, both walking and running have their benefits. Whether you walk or run, your health will be better because both are shown to lower blood pressure, help to maintain weight, cause the cardiovascular system work better, control diabetes, the list of benefits goes on and on. But is one better than the other?

Walking is usually easier than running due to several factors. Walking is something most of us do every day. Walking doesn’t require special shoes or outfits or gym memberships, just a sidewalk or even an empty field. It can be a challenge to gauge how far you have walked without a pedometer, because determining how many steps are in a mile depends entirely on the person doing the walking. Walking can be done at a leisurely pace or you may prefer a “fast walk”. Weights can be added to the wrists and ankles to make the walk more of a workout. The use of weights while walking increases the amount of calories you burn.

Jogging on the other hand will usually require a special type of footwear to avoid injury. For women it also means a special type of sports bra for extra support. Jogging will cause a person to burn more calories than walking, but the chance of injury is higher as well. Shin splints, runner’s knee, problems with the Achilles tendon, or a plain old ankle sprain are some of the more common injuries a runner can face. An individual will receive more of a workout than they otherwise might get with walking, but being unable to walk or run due to injury is something to be considered.

If you would like to get more of a workout from your walk you can add some weights to the equation. Walking with ankle weights can be as beneficial a workout as jogging can, although you again run the risk of injury because of the weights. The best thing to do is to alternate walking and walking fast or short periods of jogging. Alternating between a regular walk and a fast walk or jog will cause your metabolism to speed up; thereby increasing the amount of calories you can burn. The main thing to remember is to get up and do it! Our bodies are meant to be in motion, not sitting still for long periods of time. Go jogging, walk the dog, take a stroll to the corner store, anything to get up and moving.

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