Running vs Walking
Is one better?

Running vs Walking - which one is better?

The answer - BOTH.

couple jogging in woods

From Dr. Dave:

Running burns more calories per unit of time.  Therefore, if you run for the same amount of time as someone else walks - then you burned more calories.  If you have more time available and can't or don't wish to run, then walk.  It is fine.  You need to enjoy what you do.  If you are miserable running then you will not stick with it.  Better stick with the exercise that you enjoy.  

Personally, when I started running, I did intervals.  I would run/walk and gradually I ran and did not walk at all.  It took time, but I had less risk of injury and less risk of quitting the process.  I have to say that I was never injured enough to quit exercising - sure I had some aches and pains - but nothing serious.  

I encourage my patients to aim to exercise 45 minutes a day at least 5 days of week.  Get your heart rate up.  Push your limits every time out.  Make goals to go further or faster.  Don't watch the scales.  Just keep going and eventually the weight will come down to your goal.  

There have been some recent studies that have shown that moderately intense aerobic exercise diminishes appetite for awhile (not the whole day).  That is great news . . . burn calories and eat less too.  Apparently strength training did not produce the same effect. 


IF you're in good enough shape to run, it burns more calories* in a given time.

Great benefits for health.

Higher impact.

Greater risk for injury.


Burns less calories* in a given time, but it's better exercise if you are starting out.

Great benefits for health.

Lower impact.

Less risk for injury.

*Race walking is supposed to burn more calories than running or walking.

Interval training combines both by alternating running and walking. It, also, is supposed to burn more calories.

Calories Burned Running vs Walking

Find out how many calories you'll burn:

*Remember that you continue to burn more calories for a short time after you exercise. Also, the more muscles you build, the more calories you'll burn, even at rest.

Combine Running and Walking

Interval training - it's the best of both worlds. You alternate running and walking.

Supposedly, interval training burns more calories than doing just one type/speed of exercise for your whole workout.

Running vs. Walking. Which is best? They both win.

You can lose weight running OR walking.
As you get in better shape, you can gradually do more intense exercise. You'll burn more calories and lose weight.

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