You may be wondering whether you get the same benefits from running vs walking and if so which is best for you. Or even should you do both?
It all depends on what you want to achieve whether it be speed, weight loss, fitness, enjoyment and so on and also what your body is capable of.
Improves your aerobic capacity
Promotes weight loss
Boosts energy levels
Feel good factor
Improves cardio vascular system
Decreases diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, high blood pressure.
Activity Impact Level
Low Impact Activity and stress on the body is less.
Costs are lower as you may already have suitable walking shoes and clothes
Walking at an aerobic pace burns fat and produces the greatest visual weight loss. It's not always just about burning calories!
Time & Place Factor
It is easy to find a place and time to walk even in a big city. Walk to the shops or to work and all you need is a decent pair of walking shoes.
Being a low impact activity, injuries are more to do with immediate trauma such as a twisted ankle.
Less likely to develop overuse injuries.
I think it comes down to what you would enjoy the most. The more you enjoy something, the more you are going to stick at it. I like running and it suits me right now. I run with a fantastic club and my husband runs too.
You also need to look at your current health and fitness level. Basically don't run before you can walk. Many people I know follow a run-walk strategy and others just do one or the other.
In terms of health benefits and running vs walking, the majority of research done in the past couple of years shows that.....
As far as weight loss goes (I like to think of it as fat loss rather than weight loss), both running and walking can have the same effect. However you need to balance both with a healthy and appropriate diet.
I used to believe that running fast meant that I was fit. Wrong!
After suffering several running injuries I realized that although I was getting fitter, I was also causing damage to my body by running to much and too fast. I was often tired, I had niggles and pains that weren't there before and I began to not enjoy my runs.
I decided to re-evaluate my running and I have now adopted the Maffetone training method which involves me running slowly going by heart rate, with episodes of walking too. It suits me so much better and I've not been injured since. Plus I've got my running mojo back.