Running vs. walking: Which is better for you?

May 5, 2016

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Lauren
Lead Copywriter

It seems like once a month you hear a report about how walking is better for you than running. However, running seems to be the best way to stay in shape and lose weight, right? So which is better for you? We did a little research to answer our own burning questions about walking vs. running.

The Pros of Running
Running will help you lose weight faster than walking. Not only do you burn more calories, but chances are you’ll probably EAT less calories.

-Studies have shown that running can help reduce your risk of cancer, keeping your brain sharp as you age and make you happier.

The Cons of Running
Too much running– more than 25 miles per week- can have no effect or a negative effect on your heart health, as strenuous training and increased blood flow can cause small tears in your heart. Yeesh.

Greater increase for risk of injury. When you run, you’re more likely to twist an ankle, fall down or damage your knees.

The Pros of Walking
Walking has tremendous health benefits. If you’re unable to run, walking has strong benefits such as reducing high cholesterol, reducing risk of diabetes and improving heart health.

-Like running, walking also helps with your mood, reducing risk of cancer and keeping your brain in tip-top shape!

The Cons of Walking
-You’re just not going to lose weight as quickly as you would with running. If losing weight is your goal, running is where it’s at.

Our conclusion: I guess it depends on what you’re looking for. If maintaining good health and staying in shape is your goal, then just keep getting your walkin’ on! If your goal is to lose weight and have a ripped bod like Matthew McConaughey, then keep on running. However, don’t over do the running. Regardless, running AND walking both have positive health benefits!