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Walking or Running. Which is better for staying fit?

A woman walking

A woman running

Walking and running have been used as a form of exercise and staying in shape for centuries. In fact running actually became a sport in the 9th Centry.776 B.C.E In ancient Greece. In the town of Olympia. and the first official Olympics were you guessed it a race. And that is actually how the Olympics got started and got the name OLYMPICS. But a form of the Olympics took place hundreds of years before that in a religious festival to honor Zeus the Greek god.

Different strides of running.

Now running doesn’t really have any strict pace but many avid runners will tell you that if you run slower than 6 miles per hour you are jogging. Personally I always thought jogging was a form of running as do many others I thought forms of running started at jogging then sprinting and finally tempo run, but some avid runners may get offended if you call them a jogger. True runners are “Invested” they aren’t just out there burning calories.

Of course walking is just a natural thing that we all do. But as the years have passed there has also become different forms of walking. Now of course there is your basic every day walking, but now we have forms like power walking, Brisk walking, marathon walking, race walking, Hiking and wait for it…………………. Jogging is a form of walking! Oh, say it isn’t so.  Apparently jogging ROCKS because it can fall under two different categories of exercise. Unless you are a “True Runner”.

How far did I run, Jog, Or walk?

Before todays modern technology people used measuring wheels to measure the distance they walked, jogged or ran
now they were not completely accurate but they were usually within three inches give or take. And other people just used simple math by counting steps or strides Knowing the distance in inches or feet between their step or strides. Now for those of you who don’t know the average step length is 2.5 feet or approximately

( 30 inches). and a stride is usually double that making a stride about 5 feet or approximately (60 Inches) give or take an inch or two. Then they would simply  divide the amount of feet in a mile which is 5280 by their step or stride length. Pretty simple really. Now again not always accurate but usually not off by more than a few inches. I think I would prefer this method to spending $150 to $500 for a device I put on my wrist to count my steps.

So how accurate are step counting devices?

Not to good they can be off by as much as 10% or more with distance. Which mean if you walked 1 mile it would be off by 0.1 miles or say you walked 5 miles it would be off by a half mile. So actually these are not any more, if as accurate as keeping count yourself. Not to mention all the glitches from these counting devices. Check out some out the reviews on one of these popular devises on my review page. “REVIEW”

How many calories can you burn in a mile?

It takes the average person 30 to 40 minutes to walk a mile. Depending on your weight you can burn between 100 and 200 calories on a 30 minute brisk walk. Brisk walking speed is about 3 to 3.5 miles per hour.

Running at approximately 6 miles per hour and the average person runs 5.5 to 6 miles per hour. and again depending on your weight you burn twice as many calories so 200 to 400 running a mile. and in half the time.

Benefits of running vs walking.

They are both great forms of cardiovascular exercise and one is not necessarily better than the other. But if you want to lose calories and or lose weight faster then running is the better choice because you burn 2 times as many calories.

Health benefits of both running and walking. They increase stamina, boost your immune system, help maintain a healthy weight, and strengthen your heart. not to mention good for your mental health as well.

Which ever one you choose as your primary cardio exercise be sure you prepare your body by stretching to help prevent injury, increase your performance and decrease muscle soreness.

Don’t forget the tunes.

Studies show that listening to music when you exercise is very beneficial.

  • It helps you keep a pace.Little man with headphones and music notes floating around him
  • It elevates your mood and motivates you.
  • It distracts you from feeling physically worn out.
  • Gets you in the grove.

Just make sure that when listening to music with headphones or earbuds that you stay alert to your surroundings and stay safe.

Happy Running/Walking

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Running. High Impact sports For Keeping fit

Running for  health or sport.

Good running shoes are a necessity. Proper footwear does make a difference.

Running is a high impact sport meaning it puts stress on weight bearing joints. Such as your ankles, hips and knees.

Choosing good running shoes can lessen the impact of each step and give cushion to your feet from heavy landings, and protects against common injuries.

Not to mention the proper shoe can also improve your performance.

A proper fitting shoe is important as well, a proper fit will give you good stability and support for your foot. Improper fit can cause damage to your toes and your toes nails as well as not give proper arch support.

The shoe should fit comfortably but have a little extra room for your toes. Remember your feet will need more room the more you run because as you run your feet expand. Trying getting your running shoes a half size bigger than your normal shoe size but make sure you feet don’t slip out at the heel.

Why your feet expand.

This is caused by increased blood flow to deliver oxygen to your muscles. (This is normal) and there really is no known prevention.

To relieve the increased pressure after running try soaking your feet in cool water or an ice pack or try compression socks.

Benefits of running.

Boosts your energy

Lowers blood sugar levels

Strengthens your heart

Lowers cholesterol

Stimulates bone formation

Ready to run a 5k

Not so fast. If you are a beginner make sure you start out slow. Start with walk, jog, run for a few days. As a beginner you want to start out slow only run 3 or 4 days a week with a day or two of rest and only for 20 or 30 minutes but DO NOT over do it. if you feel tired before you reach that 20 or 30 minutes that’s okay. start out with what you can do and build up to your goal. You want to avoid runners injuries and with inexperience they are more common.

Just remember to do what works for you. Starting out it isn’t about how far or how fast it is about building up and getting your body use to running. Keep up the great work and you will be running that 5K in no time.

NOTE: The right running gear is very important.

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