Walking vs Jogging : Which is Best?
Jogging burns more calories compared to walking the same distance. Both are excellent forms of cardiovascular exercise. If you are looking to burn more calories or lose weight fast, running is a better choice. However, walking, especially brisk walking has numerous benefits for your health including helping to maintain a healthy weight.
In this video, I am going to share with you 50 years of experience, I have had in getting fit, keeping fit, and what sort of exercises you can do to get to this high level of fitness into any age and keep it going until you are in your 70s, 80s, 90s and hundreds.
I have observed a lot over the years and I notice one big thing I see all the time, which I’m amazed. People walk, jog or run in the City of London or other cities, where it’s most highly polluted with pollution from buses, jet fuel, car fuel, motorcycle fuel and taxi fuel. People are walking or jogging home or walking or jogging to work and it’s doing more harm to their lungs and their heart than just the exercise.
The worst thing you can do is to exercise in a polluted area. You should find out how we exercise, for example in 78 acres of parkland reserves, clean, no pollution and never been sprayed. That’s where you walk and exercise.
Now, what’s the difference between walking and jogging? In my previous videos, I showed you an exercise where you do two kilometres steps, power walk. Then you raise your legs up to your chest 10 times and you keep doing this all the way till your reach 30. This type of brisk walking is very low impact because you wear good shoes and you are not pushing yourself hard on the weight especially if you are overweight.
So walking like that, is definitely more advantageous and will get you just as fit as when you jog. Now jogging is different. Again, I see people jogging with very poor quality running shoes, they get the cheap stuff. You need to pay about 100 pounds to at least give yourself a decent pair of jogging shoes or walking shoes.
Now the difference is when you jog, you have to remember, your spinal column is your shock absorber. From the atlas to the lumbar on your back, you’ve got 24 vertebrae in your spinal column. Every time you jog, especially if you jog on uneven ground, you’re impacting every vertebrae that is interacting on the jog.
So you’ve got the vertebrae, you’ve got the disc, and it’s impacting every time you jog. You’re overweight, if you’re 80 kilos and above. It’s impacting the whole time you jog and you end up with severe problems anywhere in your vertebrae. I highly recommend you walk not jog. Don’t go jogging. Don’t go running, do the brisk walking and you can get just as fit. As long as you do the power walk right, you do the stepping right and you walk the distance, you will achieve a superb level of fitness without injuring your joints and back.
Brisk walking will help you improve your stamina, boost your immune system and strengthen your heart. As you take in deep breaths of oxygen and exhale, it will also keep your lungs healthy, especially if you lead an otherwise sedentary lifestyle which makes you a shallow breather at most times of the day.
Studies have found that 20 to 30 minutes of moderately intensity exercise three times a week reduces anxiety and depression. This sort of brisk walking exercise can also improve your mood and self-esteem. If you are unable to fit in 30 minutes of consecutive exercise, you may also reduce this to say 10 minutes and do this 3 times during the day.
Incline walking, such as walking up a hill can burn similar amount of calories as running or jogging. Running is a great way to get into shape. However this higher impact exercise can be harder on your body and more likely to cause injury compared to walking.
Walking is the smarter choice if you are new to exercise or have not exercised for a long time. You should start at your own pace and build up the intensity and distance as your fitness level improves.
If you are unable to find a suitable area outdoors to exercise, you can start by walking around your home, either indoors or outdoors. You may also perhaps try to park further away from your destination or exit public transport further away so that you are forced to walk extra to your destination.
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