The Exercise Space

Walking vs Jogging

July 16, 2011

Which is better for burning calories?

Generally drun4.jpgit’s the distance you cover, not the speed at which you reach that distance, that is important for immediate caloric burn. Walking a mile takes you longer than jogging a mile, but the calories burned will be about the same. However sprinting a mile will burn a few more calories.

The average person burns approx 100 calories while walking or jogging 1 mile.  However, the fitter you get, the less calories you will burn per mile.  This can drop as low as 30 calories per mile! 

While you are exercising aerobically (i.e. jogging/walking) your metabolism is raised during that activity. When you stop, your metabolism goes back to normal. When you exercise anaerobically (i.e. sprinting, strength training) your metabolism stays raised after your workout as it continues to recover, and repair the muscles worked. I would suggest mixing it up by including walking, jogging, and running or sprinting in your workout to create intervals which will keep your body challenged to avoid hitting a plateau.

 The most important thing to remember is to just get out there and put one foot in front of the other, & have fun!

1 Comment for this entry

  • Mark says:

    I am curious as to why when I go the same distance, running makes me feel better than walking. Can you help me understand this?

    Good question. It is part physical and part mental depending on your individual fitness level. Your body is challenged to expend a greater amount of energy with each step to propel you forward when running. When walking you are at a much slower pace, therefore not requiring as much energy with each step. However, if you run 2 miles in 15 minutes or walk 2 miles in 30 minutes, you’re still burning -/+ 200 calories each time. In today’s fast paced life, we often feel better if we are moving faster and getting more done in a shorter amount of time. Every body is different. – Dawn

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