Posted by: 4pack | April 2, 2009

“Ideal Fitness”: Running A Mile Burns More Calories Than Walking; If You Must Walk…Walk Fast

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE…DON’T EVEN BOTHER CONVINCING YOURSELF THAT JUST TAKING A WALK WILL DO ANYTHING MORE THAT GET YOU FROM POINT “A” TO POINT “B”…OGGIES MUST COMMIT TO GETTING THE HEART RATE UP AND THAT WILL ONLY HAPPEN IF YOU CREATE “INEFFICIENCIES”…..READ BELOW:
Myth: You burn the same number of calories whether you walk or run a mile.

 

cartoons-animated-gif-002Explanation: Not true. The general reason is that your body becomes less efficient as you switch from walking to jogging to running, requiring more and more energy to cover the same distance. In other words, a mile is not a mile is not a mile. If your goal is to lose weight, running would be a better option.

That said, many people simply don’t like running for a variety of legitimate reasons. Fair enough. In that case, learn to walk faster! It has also been established that walking a 13-minute mile or faster is tremendously “inefficient.” Because of that inefficiency, you will burn more calories the faster you get and, in essence, get more bang for your buck.

The key to walking faster is to get your arms to move faster. That’s right, faster arms mean faster legs. The optimal position for your arms is to let them hang naturally from your shoulders and bent at the elbows at about 90 degrees. On the back swing, do not allow your hand to move past your hip. On the upswing, allow your hand to swing through to the midline of your body. It should end up just above your navel and a little lower than your sternum. Keep your hands relaxed, and let your legs follow your hands.

http://health.usnews.com/blogs/on-fitness/2009/04/02/calories-burned-per-mile-a-fitness-myth-debunked.html

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