Health and Wellness : Is Walking Just as Good as Running?

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  1. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    In the Spirit of Health and Wellness,




    Is Walking Just as Good as Running?


    Walking may seem like more of a mode of transport than a form of exercise, but it really is one of the best things you can do for your body, your beauty and your long-term health. While you thought you were just getting from here to there, those steps were improving your cardiovascular strength, strengthening your muscles (which means more fat-burning power) and decreasing your chances of disease. And you can even find ways to walk while you work -- such as a walking meeting or a treadmill desk, which you may have caught me using last week on FOX8 in Cleveland. Walking is such good exercise that you ought to include it in your day as a way to get younger.

    suggested reading:

    http://news.yahoo.com/walking-just-good-running-125647931.html


     
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    I find that walking is great exercise. Although I warn everyone to stretch afterward, particularly the legs.
     
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    Yes, if not more so because walking is low impact. Walking hills is just as effective in getting into target heart rate. If you are cross training it all depends on your workout and if you are trying to increase speed or endurance. The key is the intensity of your workout.
     
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    Okay:confused:, but shouldn't some stretching, particularly the legs, be done before "the walk" bro. Asomfwaa?

     
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    Exactly, even heart patients have found a walk to the mailbox is helpful and not hurtful. And for those able, the rapid walk exercise translates into good aerobics, as you exampled.



     
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    I don't know. It's suggested one warm up prior to exercising and stretch after exercising--possibly after warming up--but never stretching without warming up as that can result in injury (stretching muscles without sufficient blood circulation can tear them.)

    However, I'm unclear if one needs to warm up to walk. Walking seems like it is itself a warm-up.

    I guess it would depend on if one will go into speed walking right away or gradually.

    What I think I know is my body is in pain because I don't stretch after walking. But I can't say for certain whether stretching before walking is a recommended activity. The literature is ambiguous and my experiences haven't suggested as much.
     
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    Okay, I see. We may be from two different schools of thought on this, but I fully accept and understand what you say about how your body reacts to walking without stretching, afterwards.

    Stretching is warming up for whatever exercise ... And in this case, walking is the exercise. We always warmed up with the "jumping jack" stretching exercise:

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    Thanks for helping others to understand both schools of thought on this. For the record, after I walk, I'm usually exhausted and find it helpful to just stop and rest.





     
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    There are a lot of articles on this with mixed opinion. For the record, I stretch before walking or running and perhaps should stretch afterwards to keep from dealing with soreness due to lactic acid buildup and inflammation.

    Warm up and cool down. http://www.prevention.com/stretch-walking
     
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    When you perform strenuous exercise you breathe faster as your body demands more oxygen to feed your hard-working muscles. Your body favors creating the bulk of its energy through aerobic activities, and oxygen is the body’s basic supply. During vigorous workouts, however, your body’s demand for energy can exceed its supply -- creating an internal anaerobic process called glycolysis, when the body pulls energy from glucose stores to sustain your energy through the activity. When oxygen is limited, your body generates lactate to enable glucose breakdown, and in the process lactate levels build up within the muscle. Stretching can help release lactate buildup following exercise. http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/stretching-release-lactic-acid-9333.html
     
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    Because of Asomfwaa's point of view on this, and now yours bro. Omowale, it finally sinks in.

    No wonder my muscles would be sore for so long, lol. It was the lactic acid build up that doesn't just go away. Only continual exercise does that.

    Stretching immediately and often at the end of an exercise would bring relief, much quicker.

     
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