Running Tips And Weight Loss


Running tips are plenty, and so are walking tips. Which one is better? How to burn more calories? What helps my cardiovascular base better? The questions remain many, and the options, even more. And, the debate continues. To fully answer these questions, one must be able to discern and pick apart the arguments piece by piece and then have a better cumulative answer. There is no easy way of answering this mind you. This will hopefully provide you a better idea about what is best for you right now, and what may be better for you in the long run.

Understanding How Your Body Burns Calories

Running Tips And Weight Loss: Is It Better To Walk Or Run?
Running Tips And Weight Loss: Is It Better To Walk Or Run?

First, you need to know how your body is burning calories. In the simplest term, your body’s metabolic activities burn the calories that you consume all through the day. It is a natural process that happens every time you eat or drink anything. The biochemical process breaks down whatever is ingested and oxygen gets combined to release energy. So, the more you perform physical activity, the higher is your breathing, and thus more oxygen intake. This improves calorie burning, and also regulates hormone level, manages blood circulation, and initiates cell repair.

Running Tips And How The Body Responds

Now that you understand how calories are burned, we can go into more detail on the topic at hand. Walk or Run? Which is better? Most everyone can agree that running will undoubtedly burn much more calories than regular walking. But is this always true? Now we can’t compare walking and running when it comes with high-level athletes or sedative couch potatoes. I’ll be using the regular guy scenario. A typical jog (slow run) is what people generally run at. The speeds are on average anywhere from 5.5mph to 6.5mph. This speed of running will burn calories, but often times, it is not a sufficient amount of calories when you compare it to a faster walk. The average walking speed (at the mall) is around 3mph to 3.5 mph. This is far too slow for any actual cardiovascular strain on your body. What I’m getting at is this: if you are at a slower run (or jog) you may not burn as many calories as a faster walk. Let me explain a bit further.

Our body continually adapts. It changes from walking to jogging and finally running when necessary. As per the efficiency, the body chooses what to do. So, how does this burn calories?

Burning More Calories: Walking And Running Tips

Running Tips And Weight Loss: Is It Better To Walk Or Run?
Running Tips And Weight Loss: Is It Better To Walk Or Run?

Remember when I said that your body naturally burns calories during breathing and blood circulation? Circulating oxygen is an important part of your body’s natural resting metabolism, and with burning calories while exercising. Take this fact and put it inside your pocket for now. Having your body performing an unnatural or irregular act will cause stress on your natural system. Take the walking fast and add this in. Starting to catch on? If you are walking fast (and when I said fast I am referring to speeds of 4.2-5.0), or otherwise known as power walking, you are putting your body is an unnatural state when you do not begin to jog. This causes your circulatory system to go into overdrive, so to speak. This is the biggest argument walk-advocates have over run-advocates.

So, what I am essentially saying is that you can presumably burn more calories walking fast (4.2mph +) than you would by jogging (5.5mph – 6.5mph) because you are placing your body in an unnatural activity. But, don’t believe me. Just walk for 30 minutes at 4.7mph and tell me how you feel. Moreover, walk at 4.7mph for 5 minutes, then increase the speed to 5.5mph and start jogging. Tell me which feels easier.