Walking vs jogging

Host: Lyndsey Rodrigues
Friday, May 22, 2009

Which burns more kilojoules: 1km of walking or 1km of jogging? Does slow and steady win the race, or is fast and furious the way to go?

Lyndsey Rodrigues and exercise physiologist Lee Campbell put this to the test using heart-rate monitors.

Results Lyndsey walked 1km, then jogged 1km around a velodrome track, and the results turned out to be pretty even. Walking burned 248 kilojoules and jogging burned 256 kilojoules.

So it doesn't matter if you want to turn up the heat with a jog or prefer the slow burn of a walk, as long as you're going the same distance you're going to burn about same number of kilojoules. Walking and jogging both have their benefits so just do what you enjoy, and remember it doesn't have to be a race to the finish line.

Benefits of walking

  • Brisk walking is low impact and puts less stress on your joints than jogging. This is good for people with low fitness levels, the elderly, or those recovering from an injury.
  • You can do it pretty much anywhere and anyone can do it.
  • It can be a great social activity. Join a walking group, make new friends and explore your neighbourhood or other scenic locations.

Benefits of jogging

  • Jogging gives you increased bone strength because it uses more force than walking. This compacts the bones and makes them stronger.
  • Another benefit is increased muscle strength and endurance.
  • And because you're going faster, you can complete your exercise in a shorter period of time than if you walk.

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