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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Running versus Walking: Which One is Better?
One of my goals on my road to healthy living is to be able to run again.

Years ago, I would keep on beating myself because I would have a hard time finishing the 10+ laps around the oval that my badminton coach asked from us. Now, looking back I think I was luckier then! At my state now, I think I can barely finish one whole round on the running track.

Lately, I have been able to increase the distances of my jogs and runs through my walking. Just one step at a time. I know I wont be able to do the rounds anytime soon, but to be able to even get through half of it would be a huge achievement for me! For now, I mix it up with a walk-jog-run. I feel much better.

My friend and I were talking about my recent walking escapades and my goal to be able to run the other day. She told me that I should not run because I am a bit clumsy and I get sprained easily. I explained to her that those mishaps were a result of my neglect to stretch before any strenuous activity. But no, she would not have it. She argued that I should not concentrate on running because walking burns more than running. Another friend piped in and said that he also heard that to be true. However, I had my doubts. I always thought that when one runs for the same amount of time as the time spent on walking, you burn more and achieve more through running. And so I researched on this for my own clarification.

I stumbled upon this blog (which I really like by the way, she has become my inspiration) named The Pursuit of Healthyness. It seems the author/blogger had the same dilemma as I and I found her discussion quite informative. Here are some parts of her entry [quoted from this website]:

The truth is that speed does matter. Running burns calories at about twice the rate of walking. Part of the explanation is this: when you exercise, you burn five calories for every liter of oxygen you consume. Running involves the consumption of a lot more oxygen than does walking.

How many calories you burn running or walking also depends on your weight and other factors. However, in general, running burns about ten calories a minute, whereas walking burns about five calories a minute.

She also got this from this website:

So does running burn more calories than walking? Well, yes and no.

If you run for 20 minutes or walk for 50 minutes, you end up burning about the same amount of calories. But if you walk for 20 minutes or run for 20 minutes, running will create the biggest calorie deficit.

So... I still aim on running. :) I thank my friends for their ideas though. I promise to you, concerned ones, that I WILL stretch before running or walking so as not to sprain anything again. ;) Gracias!

Which do you prefer? Running? Walking? EATING? :D I vote for EATING but... I still want to run. :D


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About Me: even when she has fairy wings on, this girl is anything BUT dainty. perhaps the size, the weight, and the personality alone are just too much for her to be considered delicate, prim, proper, and refined. this girl with the mud smudged cheeks has been down on the ground one to many times. these times forced her to be tougher, smarter, and more savvy than she has ever been. perhaps she will always be, never dainty. email me: neverdainty [at] gmail [dot] com
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