Is walking a waste of time (for exercise)

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  1. Mars Princess

    Mars Princess They hatin'

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    SO i found a nice trail I can walk or run. Eventually I want to incorporate some running into my time on the trail, but right now I am mostly walking at varying speeds, depending on what BPM the music is that I am listening to. How many miles should I look to walk for exercise? Will the results equal out if I add weights to the walking? I don't like running very much unless I'm on a treadmill (no obstacles or inclement weather to worry about).

    I went through some threads in here about running, pacing, and timing. I tried some of these things last summer with a change to the diet but did not see results like I did when I just did cardio and some weight lifting. I lost access to my gym so I have to find something else to substitute for now.

    Am I wasting my time walking?
     
  2. Devil

    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    as far as calorie burning, if you walk/run the same distance, you'll burn the same amount of calories, running just makes it quicker. walking is always beneficial to any lifestyle
     
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    Not at all. Especially if you're hiking over varied terrain, if you keep up a good clip, that's fine.

    The best cardio is the one you'll stick with, in the end.
     
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    i hate cardio :rant2:
     
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    I love cardio :love: but that's because running is my drug of choice:mamoru:
     
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    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    could be why i'm still fat :hsughno:
     
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    If you're sedentry, any physical activity will be highly beneficial.
     
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    whew! glad to know I'm not going out there for nothing.

    also, what shoes do yall recommend for walking? any particular type cause I will buy off brand shoes from Academy and scuff them up pretty fast :(
     
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    i don't really know much about this, but i do know you'll benefit more from buying a decent pair of running shoes from a store that sells them. somebody here can probably recommend a good store :hs:
     
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    What kind of a trail is it? Paved, dirt, grass? You'll probably be fine with regular or trail sneakers depending on the surface.
     
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    it's a paved trail .
     
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    walking > squats


    at least for strength
     
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    You are teh retarded.

    MP, any sort of decent sneakers would be fine.
     
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    This to me just doesn't seem right......:hsugh:
     
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    i recommend asics, as far as running shoes go. but everyone has their personal preference. just go to a running store and have them analyze how your foot pronates when you walk/run and they should recommend some shoes
     
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    you believed me:bowdown:
     
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    new balance > all
     
  18. Elfling

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    You got me good, fucker! :squint:
     
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    see?
     
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    i don't see any reason why people should walk for exercise. i doubt it gets you into your target heart rate. i think if you can walk, you should probably be able to do an eliptical machine and do whatever rate gets you into your target heart rate.

    if you don't have knee problems or are not obese (both problems that could prevent you from running) you should probably work your way up to running as exercise of choice.

    maybe old people i can understand walking, just to keep the joints moving and healthy and such. and if you're not going to to any exercise as opposed to just walking, then i guess walking is healthier than doing nothing.
     
  21. sportsjunkie

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    walking will most definitely get some people to their target heart rate (depending on age of course)

    walking is a good way to pace yourself if you don't do much physical activity
     
  22. Devil

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    good for you
     
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    nope
     
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    1 mile walking vs. 1 mile running is very roughly the same amount of calories.
     
  25. Devil

    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    is there any difference really other than a higher elevated blood pressure and the time period of energy expedenture
     
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