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Old 10-09-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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I just started walking 2 miles a day with the Leslie Sansone dvds. I am curious if anyone knows which is better, walking 2 miles at a faster speed, shorter time or 2 miles at a slightly slower speed but a longer time.
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I'm not familiar with the dvd you're using, so you'll probably get some better answers than mine, but here's my two cents.

It depends on your goals. If you want to build endurance and your cardio ability, then continuing to build up walking those two miles at a quicker pace would be better for that. If you're strictly looking at calories burned, then in general that's independent of your speed. Two miles is two miles, and it's the distance that matters, not the speed, for the most part.

That said, I have seen a non-scientific, informal study that showed walking fast or running slow burned the most calories per unit distance. This was attributed to the fact that when you're walking fast, jogging would be more efficient, and when you're running quite slow, walking would be more efficient. Again, it was not a scientific study.

Sorry no sources cited...I'm just recalling things I've heard in the past.
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This is a good article on what you asked about - it really depends on your goals like atmos said...

http://www.livestrong.com/article/46...ter-or-longer/

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Thanks. I guess bottom line is get moving, stay moving and try to improve on a regular basis.
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good for you for walking!!!
I do both.
some days, I walk 3.5 miles per hour speed.
some days, I jog/walk which makes it a little faster...
and if I'm PMSsing.... I walk very slow..
it counts the fact that you do. slow is much better than None.

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