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running vs. fitness walking

teresa2010-05-01 23:19:30 +0000 #1
To the experts: Do you think you can achieve the same level of fitness from fitness walking as you can thru running?
Grog2010-05-01 23:35:03 +0000 #2
I ain't no expert, but I wonder: "fitness for what?"

Right now I'm pretty "running fit" but I can tell you that going back on the bike in March/April (when I will be at the top of my running fitness) will be painful, and I will not be climbing those hills the way I climbed them at the crest of my cycling fitness last summer... In "fitness" there's "fit," as in "fitting (with something)," in my view.

I would probably get fatigued long before a trained "fitness walker" if we went walking together for a long time...

Now there might be a few "universal" markers of fitness, one of them being feeling energetic and happy. Then any aerobic sport can help towards that!
teresa2010-05-02 00:03:15 +0000 #3
I was thinking in terms of cardiovascular fitness, weight control and, bone density maintenance. I guess what I'm getting at is that I have always kinda thought of walking as something you do if you aren't "fit" enough to run. I'm beginning to question that assumption and wondering what others of you out there think.
BleeckerSt_Girl2010-05-01 23:44:40 +0000 #4
Fitness walkers include many many former runners who have permanently injured their joints and simply can no longer run. If that's walking because they "aren't fit enough to run" then I guess its true!

As for myself- I sprained all my ankles and knees so many times as a child that as an adult running is out of the question for me. It produces immediately and significant joint pain. I do fitness walking alternating with my bike riding.

Personally, I think fitness walking can keep you just as "fit" (healthy?) as running. MORE fit, if you take into account the many stress injuries runners tend to get.

We already know that walking is great for heart and lungs.

I have also read that brisk walking is good for preventing bone loss (biking is not).

As to weight control- watching calorie and fat intake is just as important as the type of exercise you do. If you exercise regularly and are still overweight....well you need to eat better (and less) as well.
luvs2ride2010-05-02 00:17:22 +0000 #5
I agree with Lisa that running produces more "stress injuries" than fitness walking. In my experience, running has produced faster results than brisk walking in terms of weight loss and fitting into those "special" pants, etc. I can also say that I have become injured when I run too much or increase my mileage too quickly, which will curtail my exercise all together. When I'm unable to exercise after injuring myself during running, than NO ONE is happy! You have to find what's best for you and your body !!!!

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