There are many reasons why we choose to run! Whether it’s to lose weight, to boost energy, or to stay trim. Is running really better then walking? It depends…
One of the perks to running is the calorie burn. For example: at my current weight if I ran 1 mile in 10 minutes I burn about 110 calories. If I walked 1 mile and it took me 15 minutes (4mph pace) I would burn about 82 calories.
Based on my weight:
30 minutes of running= 330 calories
30 minutes of walking= 246 calories
a difference of 84 calories
You definitely get more calorie bang for your buck with running but if you have the time to take a longer walk you can easily burn some serious calories walking at a brisk pace.
There are great health benefits to walking too. Not only is it better for your joints but you can still burn calories and get your heart rate up. For those of us with knee, hip, or joint issues its safer to say walking is a better option.
Depending on your health status & workout goals they are both great options to improving your health. This is a great time of year to go out for a run or take a walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery with all the leaves changing colors.
I get questions all the time from clients and members at the gym asking Do you run a lot?? The answer is no. Yes, I love to run but the runs that I enjoy the most are under 3 miles. I really enjoy mixing cardio into my strength training workouts (or similar to how I run my boot camp classes)
On any given day (when I am not pregnant) I would rather run 100 sprints then go out for a 5 mile run. That’s just my style of training. As a former athlete sprinting and being fast was part of the competition. To me working hard and fast for a short period of time motivates me more then running miles and miles. Lets not forget about walking, I LOVE walking. I usually don’t walk by myself, I will walk with a friend, family member, or my dog. It’s a great way to catch up with someone while exercising at the same time.
We often set up dinner dates and social get togethers that involve food instead of exercise. Think about it for your next get together with friends. Why not meet at the beach and go for a walk instead of going to happy hour right after work!!
Do you prefer to run or walk? Are there reasons why you choose one over the other?
I’m Kelly, a NASM personal trainer and group instructor, a former athlete, a wife and soon to be mommy. Health and Fitness is my passion and I am excited to share this journey with you!