Is Running A Better Workout Than Walking?

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Walking or RunningMost people believe that running is a better workout than walking, but a recent study shows that this may not always be the case.

Researchers followed 5,000 walkers and 32,000 runners over a six-year period. They found that running was a clear winner in terms of weight-loss goals. Running not only burns more calories than walking, it also boosts a person’s metabolism so that even after you have finished your workout, you will burn calories at a faster rate throughout the day.

Runners also benefit from a decreased appetite. The researchers found that runner had more appetite suppressing hormones in their blood stream after their workout. This was not the case for the walkers, so they tended to eat more than the runners.

Walking, however, has its own benefits. In this study, the walkers burned the same amount of calories as the runners did, therefore, they needed to walk for a longer amount of time. In general, you need to walk about 50% further to match the calorie burn of a run. Because the walkers were walking farther, they were more successful at reducing the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease.

So, depending on what your health goals are, both running and walking have their benefits. For more information about this, check out

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