Running Vs. Walking pg1

Does slow and steady or fast and furious win the exercise race?

Your flatmate swears by lunchtime runs to keep fit, while a colleague reckons it’s walking everywhere that keeps her in shape. Here’s how to know what workout will work for you.

For Weight Loss ‘You can lose weight whether you walk or run,’ says exercise physiologist Jonathan Cawte. Any cardio exercise will improve your body’s efficiency.

Running
For optimum fitness. Cawte suggests three 45-minute runs per week, at 75% of your maximum heart rate (to find yours, subtract your age from 220 beats per minute). Exercising at your ‘fat-burning pace’ (50% of your maximum heart rate) will burn more fat than carbs, but working out at a higher intensity will burn more fuel as a whole.

Walking
‘If you’re overweight, or are easing into exercise, walking is the best thing you can do. It’ll get your heart rate up which helps to burn fat,’ says Cawte. Aim for five 45-minute walks a week. The bad news: ‘lf you’re generally fit, walking will do very little unless you’re power-walking,’ says Cawte. For most, walking will help to maintain your fitness, rather than shed kilos.

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