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How to Choose Between Walking and Running

By Sandy Schroeder

Many people switch back and forth between walking and running. If you are wondering which is better for you, consider what they do for you. Do you automatically gravitate to one or the other? If so, that's an easy answer. You will probably exercise more if you stick to the one you enjoy the most. Here are some more things to consider from

Walking is kinder to your joints - Walking delivers great results without high impact hits. Walking creates less impact because one foot is always in touch with the ground. With running both feet leave the ground at once, and pound away at the joints as long as you are running. 

The risk for injuries goes up - Research shows runners are at a greater risk of injury than walkers. Men who run or jog are 25 percent more likely to injure their feet, Achilles tendons, and tibias. Brisk walking can deliver similar results with much less risk of injury.  Work with your chiropractor to create a plan and gradually improve results without injury.   

Running saves time - If running works for you, you will get results quicker. Thirty minutes of running equals 60 minutes of walking. If your time is limited and it works fine for you, you may have found the right answer. Just start out gradually and monitor your body's reactions.  

Walking can be a great backup - If you are low on energy, but still want to exercise, walking can be an easy answer. Start out slowly with a walk around the block and build up to longer walks. As you gain strength and energy, you may want to alternate short and long walks to stay healthy. 

Running offers extra benefits - Walking keeps you in one position, but running moves the body at different speeds and levels which puts your body in additional positions and upgrades the exercise. 

Overall it's a win for your health - Researchers say regular running or walking can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol and cut the risk for diabetes and heart disease. Plus your mental health gets a boost as your mood lifts and anxiety and worries drop back. 

Take your pick and make walking or running a daily habit. Enjoy the results. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Loveland, Colo.

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