Can you burn the same calories walking as running?

Running is one of the most energy intensive exercises, but walking has also proven to be an effective physical activity when it comes to losing weight and losing weight.

Your goal when it comes to physical exercise may be to play sports and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it is no less true that many people with overweight problems seek to lose weight in order to reduce the risk of suffering from various pathologies such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke or diabetes.

Through physical exercise, aspects such as bone and functional health are also improved, and there is an undeniable psychological benefit that results in greater wellness.

Running // Photo by Leon Liu

But if your goal when exercising is to lose weight, you must take into account the caloric balance. If you want to burn fat to lose weight, you will have to burn more calories than you consume.

The World Health Organization recommends 2,000 to 2,500 kcal/day for men and 1,500 to 2,000 kcal/day for women. This is why physical exercise and a healthy diet are so important.

At this point, it is clear to conclude that running is a much more intense exercise than walking and there is no doubt about it. If you run for 30 minutes the energy expenditure will be much higher than if you walk the same amount of minutes. But running is high-impact so those trying to avoid extra pressure on their joints may prefer to walk for 60 minutes instead of running for 30. 

Walking

The difference is evident, however, according to Harvard's estimates, there is a point where walking very fast and running slow can burn a similar amount of calories, but we are talking about a speed of 5 miles per hour.

Running

If we run 0.5 miles, we're burning more calories per minute than if we walk, but at the same time, we stay less active because we obviously complete the distance before we walk.

In short, these are two very beneficial exercises for health and they are complementary.

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