- Getting started walking
- Tips for walking with diabetes
- How often should I exercise?
- How many calories will I burn?
- Is walking a good workout?
- Warm up for walking
- Walking for health
- Pregnancy and walking
- Walking can help our overweight youngsters
- Walking helps in fight against obesity
- Avoid travel chaos: walk to work!
- Diet Coke nutrition info
- 10 reasons to take up walking
- Walking facts
- Finding motivation
- How a good walk can help with stress
- A cliff with a view: New Quay walk
- St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan
- Bawsey Church near King's Lynn, Norfolk
- Walking Facts and Figures
- Rambling: how to get started
- Footpath Erosion
- Advice and Information for Leaders of Rambles
- An Introduction to the Hadrian's Wall Path
- An Introduction to the Pennine Way
- An Introduction to the Coast to Coast Walk
- An Introduction to the Cotswold Way
- Public Rights of Way FAQ
- A Guide to Walking in Britain
- More Than a Walk
Is walking a good workout?
Although walking isn't considered as strenuous as jogging, it can be almost as challenging. Why? As you walk faster (speeds above 3mph) the length between your strides increases which is more inefficient than a more natural walking stride. This requires more energy to move your legs, leading to more upper-body rotation resulting in a greater demand on the body and thus the aerobic system, burning more calories in the process. To put it simply, doing it the wrong way is harder.
Tests have confirmed that oxygen consumption for runners is only slightly lower for competitive walkers than it is for runners. Oxygen consumption is a good yardstick to measure an athlete's aerobic outpu. You may also be surprised to learn some racewalkers can reach speeds of 9mph.