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Old 10-05-2010, 07:51 AM   #1
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Walking really fast/running for 30 minutes?

Walking briskly enough to increase heart rate for 60 minutes?

I could do either, but I can't decide where to set my goals.
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:55 AM   #2
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Personally, I'd choose walk/run intervals over just walking. Intervals, in general, burn more calories. I'd suggest you look into HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).
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I think either one would work, chose the one that you like doing better. plus you can always switch it up, its better not to do the same thing everyday so maybe a few days walk briskly and a few days do intervals
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I agree switch it up, alternate days, and even look into intervals as well- I find I burned the most when I ran until I felt like I was gasping, then would walk briskly until I could do it again
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:35 PM   #5
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Both fast walking and running are good aerobic exercises. They both improve overall health and fitness. Choosing which one to do depends on the situation. Personally, I'd go for walking then progress to running once the body is used to the movement.
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Old 10-05-2010, 02:27 PM   #6
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There are 2 distinct schools of thought there...

1) interval training rocks. it does, for tons of reasons, do a google search. basically you can burn a ton of calories by doing short bursts of max intensity.

2) walking at even a low-ish intensity for 60mins a day can lower your "set point". studies seem to show that people who walk, even at a fairly low intensity for 60mins a day were able to lower their set point.

Depending on your needs I would apply both. Are you stuck at a plateau? Make sure to do more longer walks maybe? Just trying to burn the most calories, definitely interval training.
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:43 PM   #7
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I say mix it up. I started the C25K program a couple months ago and it's amazing how much running has changed my body. It's nice to just do a brisk walk as well. Keep your body guessing!
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