We all know running is a great calorie burner. It’s wonderful for the waistline, our hearts and for clearing our minds. But could walking be a healthier alternative?
Studies show it really depends on your own personal fitness goals. Both walking and runner offer health benefits including reducing the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. Both forms of exercise also improve cardiovascular health.
Running takes the lead when it comes to calorie burning and for individuals seeking weight loss as their primary goal. A 160-pound person will burn approximately 300 calories walking for one hour, compared to burning 800 calories during the same hour if running, according to a comparison by Forbes. Running is also time-efficient and may help curb appetite, but it also comes with risks. Running increases the risk of injury and places stress on the body.
On the other hand, walking is often an easier starting point for people of all levels of fitness, and offers the same benefits as running with one caveat— more time or more steps are usually needed to accomplish the same calorie burning benefits. However, according to some studies walking yields slightly higher health benefits than running, including reducing risk of heart disease by a greater amount.
“Walking is such good exercise that you ought to include it in your day as a way to get younger,” according to a report by U.S. News & World Report.
In the end what really matters is movement. All experts agree, walking or running is better than no movement at all. So take your pick— lace up your (walking or running) shoes and get moving!