Exercise! - Walking Speed???




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cajunsugar
09-20-2008, 04:41 PM
I walk for 60-70 minutes 4-5 days/week. I walk with a friend and we talk the entire time. Does the speed matter for exercise benefit?
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JulieJ08
09-20-2008, 05:30 PM
Well, yeah, if you don't get your heart rate up and breathe a little harder - well, it's better than nothing, but it's not going to have a huge impact. But you don't have to go to the opposite extreme either. It's OK to be comfortable enough to converse, but it shouldn't be a stroll either. Congrats on the habit of such a nice, long walk most days. A lot of people in the world stay healthy from walking everywhere, and they're not "exercising" per se.

MBN
09-22-2008, 08:54 AM
Walking is a great activity, and it is wonderful that you have established a healthy routine. Getting out there and moving is half the battle! You are burning calories during that hour or so of walking and improving circulation and exercising your heart. That's great!

That said ... the faster you go, the farther you will go in that same time period, so the more calories you burn. Walking faster will push your heart rate up higher, so will work your heart harder, and build your aerobic capacity and endurance. It depends on your goals. If you want to improve those things, then one way is to throw some "power walking" intervals into your walk, or even a minute of jogging, if you can. That will increase the intensity and benefit of your walking time.

Just my thoughts!