Walking and running are both popular ways to get a great cardio workout. Those who regularly do either typically have healthier hearts, stronger bones, and lower body weights than their sedentary counterparts. But whether one is preferable to the other in terms of improving health has been debated for years. Deciding which is right for you depend on your goals and your current fitness level. Let’s have a look at the effects of both on your body and decide together: Walking or running?
Benefits of Walking and Running
Experts warn you as “Walk!”, “Exercise!” and “Move!” to live a healthy life, to keep your genes, body, brain, and soul dynamic and healthy. The 30-minute walk/run every day is enough for both physical recovery and happiness.
The benefits of walking/running 10 000 steps a day:
- It increases your metabolism speed and allows you to lose weight even while you are resting.
- Helps control your appetite.
- Boosts the level of energy in your body.
- Reduces the level of cholesterol.
- Lowers high blood pressure.
- Helps to control and prevent diabetes.
- The risk for certain types of cancer, such as the breast, prostate and gastrointestinal tract, is reduced.
- Provides assistive rehabilitation for diseases such as heart attack and stroke.
- Prevents intestinal disorders.
- Regulates the sleep pattern.
- The risk of bone loss, which seems to be the fate of older women, is reduced.
- Increases sexual desire.
- Reduces the risk of Alzheimer.
- Helps to quit smoking.
But what are the differences?
- Running gives you more fat-burning benefits in less time. A 160-pound person can burn 800 calories in one hour by running compared to only 300 calories in that time walking.
- Walking is a low-impact exercise, which makes it safer than running. Walking can provide similar health benefits to running with less chance of injury. On the other hand, running puts more stress on the body and can be hard on your feet and joints and lead to sprains, strains, shin splints, and blisters.
- Running improves your conditioning and endurance better than walking. Those who engage in running regularly will be able to do physical work for longer periods of time and have greater stamina than those who only walk.
- Running may regulate appetite hormones better than walking. Runners generally tend to consume fewer calories than they’d burnt, while walkers tend to consume more. So runners may lose more weight than walkers no matter how far the walkers go.
Walking or Running?
Well, which one is your preference after all? Of course, you don’t have to stick to either walking or running. You can stay motivated by mixing it up. Just don’t forget to consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine either way and do not postpone your goals. Get moving today!