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Which burns more calories, Walking or Running?

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Gina Hodge

Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:

Whether you walk or you jog, the first thing you need is to pat yourself on your back for keeping your body moving. People have debated long enough on whether brisk walking or light jogging is better at calorie burning. Compared side by side for the same duration and the same distance covered, and without any deviation from standard intensity, joggers will always fare better than walkers in the calorie-shedding department.

What one needs to understand is what burns calories effectively and the only thing that does is “intensity”. So if you brisk walk for a longer period you might be able to beat your jogging partner at knocking off your calories. High intensity workouts that spike up your heart rate to 60-90% of its maximum capacity cause the most calorie burn. So target exercising 30-60 mins for 3-5 times/week, in meeting these benchmarks and the type of exercise will not matter.

One important thing that you need to understand is that no two bodies are the same and respond differently to exercise. Your body composition (muscle (lean) mass vs. fat mass) determines the calories you will burn with higher muscle mass leading to higher calorie burn. Also the type of exercise you do and the muscles that are involved will dictate the amount of calories consumed.

Decide on your choice of activity based on the time at hand, body endurance to cope with jogging or high intensity workouts, and personal choice. Duration, consistency and commitment are key, so select an exercise that you enjoy, and you are more likely to stick with it for longer period of time.

Exercise for its health benefits and forget the “calorie” metrics, and what you will eventually get as a natural byproduct is a healthy weight that you can maintain longer.

 

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Karin Ni Sachi
Karin Ni Sachi 5pts

For me, brisk walking... It will not also burn your calories or fats, but it is also an exercise for those who have arthritis rheumatism...

Tony Perez
Tony Perez 5pts

Walking! Just watch The Walking Dead. Look how skinny all those damn walkers are.

Joanna Anderson
Joanna Anderson 5pts

Doesn't it depend on your heart rate and current fitness levels? Fat burning zone is quite a slow pace - getting your heart rate -somewhere around 60 - 70%. That could be a brisk walk. It's a vague question which would have to be tailored to each individual.

Shalini Buksh
Shalini Buksh 5pts

Change what goes in your mouth , biggest factor. Change your exercise pattern with resistance and speed to increase your heart rate .

Valory Bennett
Valory Bennett 5pts

I love fast walking. I tried running in the beginning of the year. Since then I have swelling in my left foot and ankle with pain. So had to go back to walking. :-/

Amba Dina Sahib
Amba Dina Sahib 5pts

It s depends on u .if u walk like run it can b done more than run .but if u run like walk then nothing s done

Laura Garcia
Laura Garcia 5pts

I walk everyday for a hour and it's help me to stay firm and fit for years

Gino Rufino
Gino Rufino 5pts

Just like when you cook with high fire and you cook with low fire(simmer) for certain period of time.

Gino Rufino
Gino Rufino 5pts

Brisk walking is better than running in terms of losing calories...

Sundararajan Santhanam Iyengar
Sundararajan Santhanam Iyengar 5pts

to Think, Feel & Act Better, in a Cohesive manner, daily Walk, Walk dear Jolywalker.Global Humanisation [email protected]

Nibha Saini
Nibha Saini 5pts

Walking! Only drawback is its more time consuming.

Paula Williams
Paula Williams 5pts

If you walk or run the exact same distance you use the same amount of calories. Running uses more calories per unit time. Simple physics.

Kanhaiyalal Soni
Kanhaiyalal Soni 5pts

I like walking because heal is essential for all digestions

Amanda Jackson
Amanda Jackson 5pts

I've heard it's walking, but running is so much more satisfying to me!

Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Satyam Shivam Sundaram 5pts

It depends how you do it though. If you walk 1 mile and run 3 miles definitely you will burn more calories by running. Or if you walk all day or go hiking for long day and you run for only 2, 3 or 4 miles than you will burn more calories by walking long distance. It depend on you.

Karina Pulido
Karina Pulido 5pts

Running, but with the Starbucks and the cheesecake that i just had,all my burned calories went down the draine.....oh well ;)

Rbelle Bactol Dagalea
Rbelle Bactol Dagalea 5pts

I do walking 4 to 5 times a week..& my weight is maintain since I was in high school!!and I've never diet myself.....

Ted Hurne
Ted Hurne 5pts

Lol just played 18 holes golf do that good Jimmy Brede

Bj Ju'Don
Bj Ju'Don 5pts

Walking it's easier on the knees and body

Sandy Pena
Sandy Pena 5pts

Absolutely . \U0001f603\U0001f603\U0001f44d

Lumy Cardona
Lumy Cardona 5pts

one minute walking one minute runing (20 minutes everyday) the best. \U0001f609\U0001f4aa\U0001f3fc

Michelle Malwitz
Michelle Malwitz 5pts

Not really, I just count calories. I don't go over my calories in to my calories out. But I don't really have a lot of "junk food" like sweets and chips. But I will have a piece of chocolate every so often, so the cravi gs don't come.

M Rcus Atb
M Rcus Atb 5pts

I exert more effort race walking than light jogging, obviously it burn more energy/calories. To burn fat, I do body weight exercises to build active muscle mass that burns fat during non-activity

Gabriel Michael McArdle
Gabriel Michael McArdle 5pts

Time distance and incline are among many different factors but its if you have constants then running is definitely going to burn the most calories. And no offense but to all the grandmothers on here that have posted walking. Just keep it up they are both amazing for your health!!👍🏽❤️🏃🏽