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Infographic: Walk Your Way To Better Health

by Erika Nicole Kendall

If you’ve ever doubted the benefits of taking a good walk, let this infographic try to convince you!


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marie December 24, 2012 - 9:58 AM

I did not know that walking could burn more fat that running? Does it mean that you do not necessarily burn more energy but you tap more into fat than running does? I’m confused…

Erika Nicole Kendall December 24, 2012 - 10:14 AM

It burns a higher percentage of fat than jogging does, but calorie for calorie jogging is better.

marie December 25, 2012 - 7:22 AM

Ok then it’s better to couple both jogging and walking and walk everywhere whenever possible. Great info thx! 🙂

Aptlife December 25, 2012 - 9:48 AM

Hi! I’m confused in regards to how jogging is better for calorie reduction than for burning fat. Do you mean if you jog for twice as long as you walk, the reduction will equal out?

Erika Nicole Kendall December 26, 2012 - 5:14 PM

Really, the longer you jog, the more likely you MIGHT be to actually lose muscle instead of fat. And, because I consider muscle development to be an integral part of weight loss management, that’d be a fail to me.

Can that be mitigated? Somewhat. It’s not finite, and because of the way this infographic words it, it’s a bit misleading, though it’s accurate. Jogging burns more calories overall, and with the right strength training program this can be mitigated.

AptLife December 30, 2012 - 8:25 PM

Ah ok! Thank you for clarifying. I feel less guilty about doing more walks than jogs in the morning lol

Paulette December 24, 2012 - 3:30 PM

I started out as a walker before moving to running. It really helped me get out and do something. Once I was walking 2 hours at a time, I realized I had to step up the intensity and now I am a runner thanks to the C25k program. I am not very fast, but I get it done. I have two half marathons under my belt now and looking towards the third.

Stefanie December 24, 2012 - 3:44 PM

Got the walking down and the reasons compel me more to keep going more than looks. However, I know that jogging burns calories quickly, which results in fat loss, right? So is it best to do a walk/jog routine instead of all one or the other

LaVonda Wilder December 29, 2012 - 4:15 PM

I love walking. I started out barely able to walk a mile. I am proud to say that I am now able to do up to five miles. I normally do a brisk walk that includes burst of short distance jogging. My jogging is so slow that my friends fondly call it trotting…lol. I use the free app on my cell phone: MapMyFitness. The app is wonderful and allows me to keep up with the calories burned and the route that I have taken. The best thing about the app is that I can listen to Pandora and answer the phone if necessary while using it.
One other thing I would like to suggest is investing in a good pedometer. I never leave home without it. I add it to my uniform once I am dressed in the mornings. I keep it on until it is time for bed. The pedometer seems to urge me to take more steps. My daily goal is ten thousand steps. Sounds like a lot but it is well worth it.
I have been long winded but I am so proud of myself for finally reaching my “moment” of sick and tired of being tired… I wake up thinking of ways to increase my cardio and most nights I fall asleep with new plans. Thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts. This blog is wonderful.

christine February 11, 2013 - 5:08 PM

Until I find a good sports bra running is totally out of the question for me lol. Me and the treadmill go to war 3 times a week for an hour, I love it cuz your can program it for the amount of torture you can withstand

Kitana March 13, 2013 - 1:35 PM

I dig it. The boyfriend’s gotten a new job which means he can’t drive me home from work anymore, so I’m back to bussing/walking. Just adding that 2 mile walk into my day on top of my normal lunch workouts has lost me another 2 lbs.

Brittany March 14, 2013 - 7:18 AM

Oh man, walking is crazy. I got a seasonal job working in a clothing store where I was required to walk the very busy floor looking for items for customers, and I watched my body transform in a month. I also realized that after a while doing that I could walk “forever” without getting tired or sore, so I did my best to keep that up after the job ended.

Kim March 18, 2013 - 11:45 AM

I have been walking a lot more lately and up to 3 miles on the treadmill. I wanted to make sure that I am being consistent and gradually go to jogging. I may try jogging in 3 weeks. LOL! I became tired of being winded when going up stairs. Speaking of which, I have been taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator (4 flights) and I can tell the difference.Thanks for the information Erika! Love your posts!

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