Running Or Walking?


In the urban environment or the middle of nature, walkers and runners share spaces on roads and streets. Many wonders what is better for their health, walking or running? The general belief is that running always means more physical activity, and by extension, healthier. But sure? Is one thing as recommendable for everyone as the other?

Walking uses much fewer calories but not always. Several ways of walking also require more significant energy expenditure, with a higher heart rate, but without the impact of the race or its degree of demand, not suitable for all audiences. A first myth to dismantle.

Running is an activity with a level of demand and impact not suitable for all people. Walking regularly is having an active lifestyle; it is the basis for building everything else from here. The Heart Foundation has just rethought this debate, which is not new, but incorporating new elements to answer a tremendous fundamental question: what is more beneficial for health, running or walking?

Cardiologists articulate the old debate from a great question that many wonders. Is it possible to consider walking as a form of physical activity (PA)? The answer is that, without any doubt, walking in an intense, regular way and following some simple guidelines is a physical activity with many benefits and with hardly any contraindications.

Energy Expenditure

Better to walk than run? It has different pros and cons. If you want to be active, walking is good exercise. But if what we are looking for is a higher caloric expenditure, I would recommend Nordic walking because walking with sticks uses more energy.

The Heart Foundation gives a series of recommendations in the same direction. Also, it includes Nordic walking or Nordic walking, which has been included in medical trials (Hospital La Paz) for the recovery of heart patients for years.

“Nordic walking is a healthier practice, with more significant physical activity, because it involves more intense work on the upper body and also unloads the lower body joints; it has metabolic and physiological benefits at all levels.

Before practicing Nordic walking, it is essential to learn your technique and adjust the poles to the correct height. A Nordic walking walker works 94% of the body’s muscles and burns 40% more calories than walking. The oxygen consumption of walkers with poles can be increased by up to 60%. In addition, the vibrations produced by the cane when leaning favor, the strengthening of the bones, as happens when running, but without damaging the joints.