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You already know that any movement you do gives your mood a big boost and makes a big difference in your weight loss efforts.
There is no shortage of ways to move your body, but you may be wondering if your time is better utilized walking or running!
Either is good, but which one is better?
When it comes to only how many calories you burn per hour, running is the better workout. Your exact calorie burn depends on how much you weigh and how fast you run, but running expends more energy.
Consider these statistics for a person weighing 155 lbs:
- Running 30 minutes at 5 miles per hour burns 298 calories
- Running 30 minutes at 6 miles per hour burns 372 calories
- Running 30 minutes at 7.5 miles per hour burns 465 calories
- Walking 30 minutes at 3.5 miles per hour burns 149 calories
- Walking 30 minutes at 4 miles per hour burns 167 calories
- Walking 30 minutes at 4.5 miles per hour burns 186 calories
Though running clearly provides a greater impact on calorie-burning, that doesn’t mean doing it is easy…
Depending on your physical condition, running for 30 minutes or longer may be out of the question.
But then, does that mean you have to walk for more than an hour to get the same amount of impact?
The good news is that there’s another option…
It’s called High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT.
Studies have shown that by alternating between walking and running, you can eliminate the need to run long distances and still reap the same health benefits.
How Does HIIT work?
A HIIT gets you doing a hard workout for a very short period of time, and then resting while still doing something active. That means you get your heart rate way up, and then you recover and catch your breath, then do it again.
When you ask your body to push itself, you create a brief oxygen shortage. When your body recovers, you take in more oxygen to make up for the loss…
And the result is that you burn more fat.
Studies have shown that a HIIT workout can burn more calories in a shorter period of time as a result of the EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption).
And there are a lot of other advantages to doing a HIIT workout…
Besides a better fat burn, it also boosts your metabolism for as long as 48 hours after your workout. It takes less time than a regular workout and you don’t need any expensive equipment.
Now you know…
What either walking or running has in store for you…
So you can choose what suits your lifestyle and weight loss goals from a point of knowledge and wisdom.
And, there you are…
To your health and happiness!
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