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True or False: Walking Is As Good As Running

April 4, 2016

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This is an age old question.

Okay, maybe it’s a rather recent question actually.

But either way, is walking as good as running?

Some people say that a 40 minute walk is just good a 20 minute run. You’re getting your heart rate slightly up and doing cardio either way. Some people even argue that walking is even better than running because it’s less stressful on your body if you’re not used to that level of activity.

Greatist says that running takes 2.5 times more energy than walking. However, their article also says that runners tended to lose more weight and regulated appetite hormones better than walkers.

However, this Prevention article argues that walking is altogether better because it has less stress on your heart, along with the rest of your body than running. Then again, it was taking runners who run for upwards of two hours into account.

Aaaaaand then there’s Forbes, who says that pretty much any cardio has risks and if neither running or walking are for you, there’s always yoga or pilates or…. (helpful, right?).

If you want some more reading, Health Ambition has the most comprehensive view by far (they’ve got how-to’s and benefits to walking).

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There are also a few things that the two have in common. Walking and running don’t have different effects on how long you live and both are admittedly forms of exercise.

Here’s a little simplification of what it really comes down to when asking if walking is as good as running:

Walking:
+ does burn some calories
+ less injury risk

Running:
+ burns more calories
+ more weight loss
+ appetite hormone regulation

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But if you’re a hater of running, do not despair!

If you are going to go with walking as a workout, there are some hacks to make walking as good as running:

+ speed walk (get their heartrate up!)
+ added weights
+ walk more and longer
+ sneak in “workouts” (speed up on your way to work or class!)

So I think that overall, we can say that no, it isn’t true that walking is as good as running. But there are benefits to both.

Are you into walking? Or are you a die-hard runner?

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  • missgetaway

    I think it really depends on the way you’re walking. If you really walk for a long distance, through the woods, up the mountains, etc. than it’s sure a very effective workout. But just walking to the store isn’t really a workout is it? BUT you just really motivated me to go for a run (and also the sun is shining) so I think I’ll go for a run now.

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

    • Haha, so glad to have inspired you! And I agree, if you’re hiking or walking quickly, if definitely can be a workout. Thanks for reading as always Kerstin <3

    • Haha, so glad to have inspired you! And I agree, if you’re hiking or walking quickly, if definitely can be a workout. Thanks for reading as always Kerstin <3

  • missgetaway

    I think it really depends on the way you’re walking. If you really walk for a long distance, through the woods, up the mountains, etc. than it’s sure a very effective workout. But just walking to the store isn’t really a workout is it? BUT you just really motivated me to go for a run (and also the sun is shining) so I think I’ll go for a run now.

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • I think walking is a great way to increase your general activity. Even if I can’t fit in a run some days, I can go on a walk during lunch. I like both, running to feel like I’ve got in a great workout, walking to feel like I’m not just sitting all day 🙂

  • I think walking is a great way to increase your general activity. Even if I can’t fit in a run some days, I can go on a walk during lunch. I like both, running to feel like I’ve got in a great workout, walking to feel like I’m not just sitting all day 🙂

  • I actually have been wondering about this, seeing as I hate running 😉 I am eternally waiting for the right day to start running…but I sure do love to walk my dog!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

  • Ever since I got the Fitbit Alta I walk everywhere. It helps motivating me to take the extra step. I think it’s just easier to walk (to the train station, to get coffee, to the groceries store) than to run everyday even for 20 mins.

    XoXo,

    Tamara – http://www.loveofmode.com

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    I need that scale to move fast, so i’m a runner.
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  • Loved this, (and it’s reminded me to exercise today). I think it depends on the person, I’ve been trying to get my dad to go on long walks more as he’s completely over weight. He thinks the only way to lose weight is to run on a treadmill but to be honest I think he’ll probably give himself a heart attack or pack in his knees if he did that, so walking is definitely for him. Whereas , as much as I hate running, walking just doesn’t get my heart rate up enough for me to realistically loose weight with it. Unless it’s power walking with ankle weight and hand weights. RIGHT I’m off for a walk! Thanks 🙂
    Betty x

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    • That’s a really good point. Walking is definitely better than nothing! Thanks for reading Betty!

    • That’s a really good point. Walking is definitely better than nothing! Thanks for reading Betty!

  • Stefanie Meier

    I absolutely love walking and running, love that someone addressed this topic

    So glad I found your blog, such awesome posts!

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  • I’m definitely a die-hard runner but I do switch it up from time to time as running on concrete roads is a little hard on the knees.
    Cute shots!! <3
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  • I’m definitely a die-hard runner but I do switch it up from time to time as running on concrete roads is a little hard on the knees.
    Cute shots!! <3
    http://www.sofiaclara.com

  • Cassandra

    I’ve always wondered about the answer to this question! I walk & run a lot (depending on what I feel like that day) 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this interesting information! I love your informative posts x

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  • This are some great tips, definitely useful. I’m probably more of a walker though. I love taking morning walks, they make me feel great! Thanks for sharing!

    Vanessa, xo!

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