Running vs Walking--Which is better?

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2014-03-02 14:28:13 -0600
Started 2014-01-19 07:46:24 -0600

A great way manage weight, blood glucose, strengthen the heart, and increase overall health. Most of us are capable of doing a brisk walk. The benefits if done routinely are amazing. Do you walk for exercise? If you do, how far and how often? If you don't, why not start?
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21 replies

JaredLahti 2014-03-02 14:28:13 -0600 Report

I have been running on and off for the last 25 years with most of my injuries coming from non-running activities. Both are great exercises. If you are really trying to lose weight I would say running is better on a minute vs. minute comparison. Having said that if all you are able to do is walk there is nothing to be ashamed of. The things to remember when it comes to running is to get into it slowly and take care of yourself. Most runners that hurt themselves running is because they either try to do too much too soon or don't rest when they have precautionary issues. A lot of people like to say that running causes problems, but there are plenty of 70 and 80 year olds that are still running strong.

Chopstix 2014-01-22 13:31:47 -0600 Report

Have gone back to walking every other day for at least half an hour. I put my music on and away I go. I have about 4 different routes I walk.

jigsaw 2014-01-22 17:41:00 -0600 Report

Good to hear that your back to walking every other day. It's just so beneficial. I'm sure you'll reap a great deal of benefits.
Does that little pooch in the picture join you on your walks?

GabbyPA 2014-01-19 20:09:40 -0600 Report

I walk 30 minutes every morning with my 4 legged walking buddies. I enjoy it most days. I can't really run, my knee is not to keen on that. But I also do some cardio at night. That helps me the most with my numbers.

jigsaw 2014-01-19 21:32:25 -0600 Report

Your fortunate to have your four legged buddies come along. My dog is 15 1/2 years old! It's the glucosamine and TLC that keeps her going. She loves to go for a walk, but she walks at the pace of a dying turtle. Not very aerobic. So, I'm on my own, when I do my walks.
I'll bet breaking up your exercise routine into AM and PM really helps substantially. I found that when I do aerobic at night, my morning fasting glucose is lower. Can be very helpful for those that experience the dawn effect.

GabbyPA 2014-01-20 11:35:53 -0600 Report

Yep, that is why I do more cardio at night. It helps a lot with my am numbers.

My dogs are still at a good age and being large dogs, keeping up with them is often a trick. They do the stop and pee thing, but for the most part our half hour covers nearly 3/4 of a mile.
And I will tell you...they are the best buddies fore exercise. They eat at 5:00, and at 7:00 on the dot we are usually out the door, no exceptions. LOL. Of course they start bugging me to take them around 6:30. It's rather comical. How can you say "no" when they are so cute?

jigsaw 2014-01-20 13:35:54 -0600 Report

At least it gives you a chance to stop and catch your breath, while they're are peeing! The question that comes to mind is, who's exercising who? You may think your exercising them, but if they could talk, i'll bet you'd find it the other way around. Believe me I know, when my dogs were young, they would insist on taking me for an unbelievably fast walk! LOL

Salad-aholic 2014-01-19 19:31:00 -0600 Report

I divide my 1 hour of sport into 6*10 minutes
I walk 10 min
Run 10 min
On bike 10 min
And I repeat this exercises for the next 30 min

jigsaw 2014-01-19 21:06:16 -0600 Report

That's a great mix. Putting different muscle groups to work definitely helps. I bike ride also, for 4 to 5 miles from time to time. I use to do an occasional 10 to 30 mile trip, but I admit, my laziness has got the better of me.

jmgcat 2014-01-19 19:18:00 -0600 Report

Walking is so much better for your body!
Speaking from experience as a former High School Track & Cross Country Runner…I have the bad knees to prove it!
In my opinion the "Exercise Glider" is one of the better machines invented!

jigsaw 2014-01-19 21:16:16 -0600 Report

I agree, low impact type exercise works better for me also. If I run or jog, it does a number on my back. On rainy days, I use an elliptical. Like the glider, it's low impact no impact exercise gives a great workout with no negative results on my joints.

Anonymous 2014-01-19 19:08:29 -0600 Report

Walking is so much better for your body!
Speaking from experience as a former High School Track & Cross Country Runner…I have the bad knees to prove it!
In my opinion the "Exercise Glider" is one of the better machines invented!

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-19 16:25:44 -0600 Report

Since I am not able to run, then walking is best for me. I have also found out that even the speed is not the sole determining factor for walking to be healthful. Even if you just walk at a normal pace, you are still burning calories.

I had a back injury about three years ago. I could hardly walk at all. A friend gave me a walker. Thank God for friends! I was slowly able to regain my walking ability. Now I can virtually out-walk my husband! Shhhhh, don't let him hear this!!! ;0)

jigsaw 2014-01-19 18:00:34 -0600 Report

Not a peep! Great job on your recovery! Do you find it helps to stabilize your glucose levels? It has tremendous impact on mine.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-19 18:20:09 -0600 Report

Yes it does! Walking does a whole lot more than we think. Plus, with running it seems we are more susceptible to injuries. (Which I don't need.)

Glucerna 2014-01-19 14:18:50 -0600 Report

There's a campaign called "Exercise is Medicine" that's enouraging physicians to write exercise prescriptions for folks for all the reasons you mention. I like to think about daily exercise like brushing my teeth: I do it without even thinking about it. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jigsaw 2014-01-19 15:23:26 -0600 Report

I would like to see physicians get more involved with preventative measures in general. Simply diagnosing and prescribing medications just seems too limiting. Of course more of the responsibility is up to the patient. It seems that naturopathic physicians are more involved with preventative care including exercise programs, but unfortunately, insurance companies don't offer coverage for most of their services.
Bet you have nice white teeth!

haoleboy 2014-01-19 12:46:22 -0600 Report

I try to walk twice a day for a minimum of 1/2 hour each trip.On good days I cover about a mile in that 1/2 hour.

jigsaw 2014-01-19 15:28:28 -0600 Report

From what I understand, a 1/2 hour walk can bring about excellent results. If you're experience is similar to mine, then your probably noticing some excellent benefits.

jigsaw 2014-01-19 07:57:12 -0600 Report

I do a brisk walk almost everyday for 1/2 to 1 hour. Only 1/2 hour, when I'm feeling lazy. Without my daily walk, I know I would gain weight. An added bonus is that I can maintain my current portion size at meals with good blood glucose control and no gain in weight. It also keeps my metabolism going strong for the entire day as noted by my blood glucose response.