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Walk or Run: Which is Better for Building a Great Body?

Along with a healthy diet, working out is a great way to build a strong and toned body. Many people believe that in order to get the body of their dreams, they have to workout extremely hard. Because of this, many turn to running as their main form of exercise. Running is tough work. After a good run, you will have burned calories, worked up a good sweat, and you’ll likely feel fairly fatigued.

People everywhere count on this demanding form of exercise to help them stay in shape. But, is it necessary? If you love to run, by all means, keep at it! If you are less enthused by running, but do it for the exercise, check out this comparison of walking and running to see if you could slow down and enjoy a good walk instead.

Calorie Count

Many stick to running because they think they are burning massive calories. Here are the facts. Running can burn about twice as many calories as walking. As a rough guide, running burns about 10 calories per minute, while walking burns about 5 calories per minute. Of course, speed definitely matters. If your walking pace is really quick, you may burn more than this. Likewise, if your running speed is barely more than walking, it may be a bit more equal. Is it worth is? Perhaps, but it really depends on your goals and style. The bottom line seems to be that if you walk, you’ll have to walk a little longer and a little faster to enjoy the same burn as running.

Injury Report

Walking tends to be much easier on the joints and body in general. The act of running requires more pounding and a harder strike as your feet hit the ground. This can cause a lot of people to experience pain, especially in the knees, hips, and back. Walking, however, is a softer touch to the ground and less stress on the body. This makes walking an excellent choice for almost everyone, no matter what their current level of fitness or general shape.

Which Should I Choose?

This is really up to you, but take into account all of the aspects before making a decision. Many find walking easier to sustain as they age. Others find that the ultimate runner’s high is worth the extra work. Whichever you choose, determine your goals, your body health, and your potential for injury to choose wisely and safely. You really can’t go wrong with either. Find what you like, and enjoy the benefits of a healthy life and body.

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