Hot Topic: Walking Vs. Running

by Alli

Do you walk?  Run?  Neither?

I walk.  My daughter runs.  And throughout the years I’ve heard myths, truths and exaggerations about both.  So I set out to get the skinny on the hot topic –  Walking Vs. Running!

Hot Topic:  Walking Vs. Running

Facts about Running

1.  Running burns more calories than walking!

True that!

2.  Running is a great exercise to help lose and maintain weight.

Well, duh!  I think we all know that.

3.  Running burns approx. 800 calories an hour and walking burns approx. 300 calories an hour.

4.  Running puts more stress on the body and increases the risk for injury.

5.  Runners are usually thinner than walkers.

Boo!

Facts about Walking

1.  According to some studies, you use more muscles walking, as opposed to running.

Yeah, now we’re talking!

2.  Regular cardio (no matter what the speed) can help keep the body healthy, improve mood and energy levels.

3.  Walking is easier on the joints.

4.  One study cited that walking at 4 mph on the treadmill with hand and ankle weights was comparable to jogging at 5 mph without the extra poundage.

5.  Walking is the perfect exercise for the overweight and/or out of shape.

Bottom Line:  Adding aerobic exercise to your routine is a great way to build your cardiovascular fitness. Running and walking are both excellent aerobic exercises. Both will help promote weight loss, improve your sleep, elevate your mood, boost your energy level, decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

I will keep on walking/cycling and my daughter will keep on running!

What’s your favorite way to get your cardio on?  Please “weigh” in!  Sorry, couldn’t help myself! 🙂

 

39 comments

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) October 13, 2014 - 9:07 am

I am more of a walker, I’ve tried running but I usually end up with side stitches. But I do walk really fast 🙂

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Alli October 13, 2014 - 9:12 am

I walk fast, too. One of my other daughters told me I need to slow down. When I run I feel like my insides are falling out. 🙂

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MsYBBG October 13, 2014 - 9:13 am

Past sports injuries make running hard on my knees…so speed walking and maybe a light jog here or there helps. And walking long distances does help you lose weight. Movement is always great!

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:58 am

So true! As long as we are up and moving! I do the speed walking, too!

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Shirley Woodoo October 13, 2014 - 9:16 am

Walking is my thing! I have arthritis and degenerative disc disease in my spine so running creates swelling and pain. I love walking and especially enjoy walking with my sweetheart. My doctor advised me to wear running shoes for walking because they have arch support which is great too.

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:58 am

I wear running shoes, too. My fave shoes are goruns by Sketcher. They are so light that it feels like I’m walking on air.

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Dionne Dean October 13, 2014 - 11:09 am

I love to do both, but I just started taking Zumba classes and I LOVE IT!

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:56 am

My daughter loves Zumba!

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Giovanna @ Love, Thyme and Honey October 13, 2014 - 11:18 am

I’m a runner and a walker. I like running during the week cause it reduces the time I need to spend at the gym but I do enjoy long walks on the weekend.. 🙂

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:56 am

What a great combo! And it does take less time, doesn’t it?

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication October 13, 2014 - 11:27 am

I love the elliptical, myself! It’s a good combo between walking and running! But I recently bought a “pedaler” to keep under my desk at work, since I sit for so long each day. I’ve been enjoying that, too!

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:55 am

Hey, that peddler sounds like a good idea! I used to do the elliptical when I went to the gym. Now, it’s mostly walking, weight training and occasionally T25.

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication October 20, 2014 - 3:19 pm

That sounds like a good plan! Thanks so much for linking up at the #homematters linky party! We hope to see you again this coming Wednesday!

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Anna @ Northern Homestead October 13, 2014 - 12:10 pm

I am a walker (and gardener ;)). I totally believe in walking, so good for you! Just recently I had some problems with one of my legs, after a 6 miles walk it’s taken care of. Sure, it would not cure everything, but is good anyways. In the winter I love snowshoeing – walking plus.

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:54 am

Anna, I’ve always wanted to snowshoe. I really think I’d like it! And gardening works muscles we never knew we had! 🙂

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zan October 13, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I love them both – but fast walking is great to me! Actually, I do not like running for long distances (short is ok). But running is always fun, too. I used to do this a lot back then, but with little kids and all, so hard to get any kind of stuff in!

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Skye October 13, 2014 - 4:32 pm

I’m a walker, so far, and my sister’s a runner. I think I’m going to be trying to mix the two going forward, maybe get some of the running benefits without the joint stress from doing it all the time?

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:53 am

Great idea! Every once in a while I’ll run, especially when I’m still a mile away from home and I have to pee really bad! 🙂

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Jen Lawrence October 13, 2014 - 4:33 pm

I’m a walker! I have 4 kiddos, work full time, add my hectic schedule! The last thing I want to do is RUN, I feel like I’ve been doing that all day anyway. Lol! I’ll even jump on the treadmill and add some speed but, I’m still walking. Lol!

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:52 am

There’s no shame in walking! As long as I’m moving and doing something physical, I’m good to go.

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Kim October 13, 2014 - 6:02 pm

I’ve been a runner for over 30 years but when people tell me they wish they loved running but don’t I always tell them that if they don’t love it they shouldn’t do it. Running is very hard on the body!!! I think that walking is a great source of exercise and can be more fun because it can be very social!!!

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:52 am

I admire runners and I’m the first to admit that I’m not one. I’m just too darn slow to run! 🙂 I do walk fast. 🙂

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Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai October 13, 2014 - 6:16 pm

We go for bike ridesat times, but my regular workout is my walk. I love to go for walks. I grab my iTouch and earbuds and put on whatever audiobook I am listening to and walk away. I find that listening to books while I walk is an excellent motivator… you have to walk again to get the next installment of the story. LOL I even blogged about it, Walking With Audiobooks. 🙂

~Lorelai
Life With Lorelai

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:50 am

I really need to try listening to an audiobook while I walk! I bet it makes the time fly by!

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Nancy October 13, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Love the “weigh” in joke! lol 🙂 I used to be really into running but now I have been doing a lot of walking. What an interesting topic. Thank you for sharing Alli 🙂

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:49 am

Yep, I had to say it. 🙂

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Amber @ Tales of Domestica October 14, 2014 - 12:15 am

Love it. I used to be a runner… or more like a jogger. I have a neck and back injury that keeps me from running now but I sure do enjoy walking. Fun post thanks!

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 6:49 am

I’ve tried to run, but walking is more my speed – fast walking.

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Sarah October 14, 2014 - 8:09 am

I am definitely all about walking! Running just does too much to my body & I’m always so sore, and I notice joint pain a lot when I try to include some running into my routine. I’d much rather power walk my way around haha and be injury free!

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Alli October 14, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Yep, me, too! Running hurts my knees!

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Bonnie October 15, 2014 - 8:55 am

I’m more of a walker. I like to walk fast but I’m not crazy about running. Stopping by from Home Matters Linky Party.
~Bonnie

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Alli October 15, 2014 - 9:23 am

You sound like me! I do walk fast, but the running thing is not my thing. 🙂

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Spooks October 15, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Both are great things to do regularly and I love doing both but it is a mistake to think they are comparable activities, running makes great demands on your body but gives great rewards in return. If walking is the only exercise you do then it imposes a fairly low ceiling on how fit you can get, certainly enough to consider yourself fit and healthy but nowhere near the level of cardiovascular fitness you can achieve from running.

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Alli October 16, 2014 - 4:17 am

You are correct. Walking and running are not comparable at all. That’s why I researched each activity and gave the benefits of each, including that running is hard on the body and that runners are more fit than walkers. I do wish I loved running, but I’ a very fast walker. 🙂

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Chrystal @ YUM eating October 16, 2014 - 3:28 pm

I have to agree that walking is much easier on the joints than running. I was jogging for quite some time until the degenerative disc disease got worse. Then the osteoarthritis in my hips. Walking is lower impact. I have to do it every day to keep from getting stiff and immobile.

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Alli October 16, 2014 - 4:47 pm

When I try to run, it feels like my insides are falling out. Therefore, I walk. 🙂

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Lora June 18, 2016 - 6:02 am

Great.. Thanks for sharing this

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Jennifer June 18, 2016 - 6:05 am

I am a fan of walking – but prefer running over walking for its mind de-cluttering benefits for me.. What I love about walking is that you can pretty much do it anywhere and hardly anything is needed for you to be able to do it. In fact, is is a great thing to do at home when the weather is too bad for you to take your walking routine outside.

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Roger Moore January 25, 2020 - 3:26 am

I prefer walking over running, But I run to reach the office on time. Therefore, I usually wear running shoes for my office.

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