There is no doubt that running is hard. It really pushes you aerobically, increases your heart rate, and sometimes it even feels like you are about to die. People typically have one of two feelings — they either love it, or they hate it. For some, running gives them that “runners high” flooding their body with feel-good endorphins. While running may be a good way to exercise for some, especially with limited access to the gym, is it that much better than walking?
I guess it depends on your main reason for exercising. Are you doing it to clear your head? To shift how you are feeling? Or maybe are you doing it to lose weight?
If seriously trying to lose weight, running would be a better option, as it burns nearly twice as many calories as walking. But that being said, it is easier said than done. If out of shape, or if you suffer from lung-related issues, running can seem like an impossible feat. That is where walking comes in! By walking every day for an hour, you start to increase your cardiovascular capabilities, which is so good for your heart health.
Some of the many benefits also include:
- A Boost in the Immune System
Getting sick is the absolute worst feeling. It takes away from work, from our family and friends, and puts a halt on letting us live how we would like. By doing things like walking, eating a balanced diet high in nutrients, we can be proactive with our prevention.
- Low Impact
What is also a fantastic benefit of walking as opposed to running, is the major decrease in impact on the joints and bones. This is great for those who find the high impact of running causes wear and tear on the body. Because there is less impact, it often results in fewer injuries, allowing you to continue exercising.
- Helps Increase Your Mental Health
Getting outside, breathing in the fresh air, walking among scenery is great for your mental health. Especially for those who suffer from anxiety and depression. Walking every day, maybe with the accompaniment of music, or a podcast can get you out of your mind and into the moment.
These are just a few of the many possibilities that walking can have on the body. Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Maybe on days where you feel you have more energy, you try running. Or perhaps you walk some, then run, then walk, so that it doesn’t feel as overwhelming and rough on the body. Both walking and running are great, and it is up to you to find the one that will positively affect you in the long run (no pun intended), and most importantly, something maintainable that you enjoy.
Jenn holds a deep-seated interest in yoga and wellness and enjoys meshing her two worlds, and writing about it. She received her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from Sangha Studios.