17/01/2021
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Walking and running your way to top shape

If you dream of getting in good shape, both walking and running are excellent forms of exercise. Check out the pros and cons and choose the shape that best suits your temperament, your everyday life, and your current level. Can not choose? Then use a combination of both.

Is it better walking, running or a combination?

Walking and running are two excellent forms of exercise but if you combine them, you can make training more efficient and avoid injuries.

Below you can see the benefits of walking, running and a combination of the two forms of exercise

Walking

  • A perfect form of exercise for the holidays
  • Gentle on your joints
  • Provides calm and lowers your stress level
  • Regulates appetite
  • Can be done anywhere
  • Can be done with anyone

Running

  • Better condition
  • Stronger bones
  • Higher combustion
  • Effective training in a short time
  • Gives you more energy
  • Can be done anywhere and anytime

Gains by combining both

If you love to walk, then continue with it, but if you also want to try your hand at running, do not hold back.

Walking and running are both excellent forms of exercise, but if you combine the two, you get even more benefits.

  • You can train for longer than if you just run
  • Increase your metabolism and your fitness, compared to if you just walk
  • Lower the load on your joints and muscles and thus your risk of injury
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Conclusion

  • Walking is a great way to build endurance and get your body used to be active for a long time.
  • If you go straight from the couch and start running, it is really hard for your joints and tendons. When you combine running with walking, you reduce the load.
  • If you weigh a little too much, running is extra hard for your joints, so here a combination program will be a good choice.
  • Step up slowly. If you let your fitness determine the pace, you will most likely go too fast. This is because of your fitness and your muscles develop faster than your joints and tendons.

Check this other article for a walk/run program.

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