Running or Walking, Which is Better
Activity Can Drop Pounds Naturally
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Walking or Running for Best Weight Loss Results?
There has been a lot of controversy in the Diet World regarding RUNNING VS WALKING and the healthy benefits received from such.
So which is best? Running or walking?
Well, if you see a four-legged steer, we advise that you walk quite swiftly. And if you see a five-legged steer, we advise that you RUN!
Seriously, the most important thing is that activity - whether it's walking or running, renders great health benefits.
The key to impressive benefits of exercise isn't specifically walking or running - it's embracing an activity that you'll continue to enjoy throughout your lifetime.
Think about this....
While the unwanted weight was packing onto your once-svelte body, if you were like most dieters you were dormant and inactive while those pounds were building. It took time for those pounds to build and it's going to take time to get them off.
The Caloric Burn, Running vs Walking
If we are comparing a space of time, then a good run is going to always beat a fast walk in the area of caloric burn. To be fair, we must compare distance ran or distance walked.
Running generates a lot more heat but when it's all said and done, it's doesn't burn off a substantially increased amount of energy. In addition, there are trade-offs.
While a runner might burn a tab more calories than a walker, there is a toll taken on the knee caps as well as the foot.
These areas in particular have a lot of pressure exerted on them amid running. Walking is simply kinder and more gentler to the human body.
Here are a few tips to assist for a healthier body:
- Weight comes off slower than when it was packed on in most cases due to the body's ability to consume more calories than we're humanly able to expend. So exercise great patience.
- When exercising be comfortable. Wear shoes that fit and that are comfortable to walk or play in. Dress according to the temperatures.
If it's warm outside and you're taking a short walk, then white clothing is better than dark.
If it's cold outdoors, dress in layers so you can peel off the unnecessary clothing as your body warms with activity.
- If it's hot outdoors wait until the cooler times of the day to exercise. Early morning and late evening might mean the difference in remaining healthy and alive and going six feet under due to heat stroke.
On the flip side, use common sense when it's cold outdoors. Once those icicles attach to the body, they tend to weigh it down.
- Be sure to hydrate whenever exercising - and don't forget the underarm deodorant.
DIETING IS COMPLICATED
Overeating has become a world-wide epidemic and to be quite frank - the medical profession is at a loss of how to get things under control in this area. With other 'substance abuses' people can be isolated from the temptation and treated. With food, it's a constant temptation.
We must eat to live.
It is very frustrating that our schools teach everything from history to algebra, yet fail miserably in educating our youth on the most important element of their life - health/calories/body nutritional breakdown.
What good is knowledge if there is no life?
Our kids need to be taught at a very young age about the amount of food their bodies need to function. What we are seeing are kids who fall easily into eating disorders because they have no idea how to lose weight in a healthy manner.
And many of the kids seeking diet avenues aren't even in need of losing weight!
With all this said, it's time to get Diet Smart! If you find that you have gained weight one of the chief reasons may be because you are unaware of how many kcals you are eating and drinking daily.
Does fat grams count? Oh yes - in the big scheme of things. But there is only one thing that controls what our body weighs. Energy - which equals calories consumed and burned through activity.
Fat intake matters because it influences the condition of our circulatory system, as well as the amount of fat cells our bodies contain.
Once these fat cells are created by the body to hold the excess calories from the foods and beverages consumed, they never go away.
When weight loss is accomplished, they are simply deflated, yet they gnaw continually to be refilled. That's why weight maintenance is so difficult.
The successful dieter must work harder to retain their trim figure than an individual who has never experienced weight gain issues. And many who have never experienced such don't understand what the successful dieter must battle each and every day to retain their trim shape.
And many of those individuals are 'weight loss gurus' who have never experienced a fat day in their life.
Although counting calories can take time and effort (it's much easier to just eat that cupcake rather than determine how many calories it contains by glimpsing at the label), counting daily calorie intake and ensuring that it doesn't exceed our body's calorie needs is a sure-fire guarantee for permanent weight loss.
Because high-calorie content foods tend to be higher in calories than their healthier natural-food counterparts, controlling calories will overshadow the unhealthier foods in your daily diet.
Even in the area of carb dieting, most foods high in carb grams are high in calories. The same applies to foods high in fat grams which are in turn, high in calorie content.
This isn't to say that one must totally trim high calorie foods from their daily diet. It is to say that choosing foods that are lower in calories and inserting them into the daily diet can present an excellent recipe for weight loss while allowing the dieter to enjoy more food.
Using our (delicious) cupcakes mentioned above, these sweet babies generally contain about 200 calories each, making a two-pack equal 400 calories. For 400 calories we can either enjoy the two cupcakes or the following:
- 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 cup of cherries, 1 cup of strawberries, 1 mango and 1 wedge of watermelon
- One frozen enchilada dinner contains 380 calories
- 1 baked potato, 1 pat of margarine, 1 serving of sour cream, bacon bits, chives, 1 serving of shredded cheese
- 1 roasted chicken drumstick, 1 serving of rice, 1 serving of green beans, 1 slice of whole grain bread
- 2 slices of whole grain bread, 1 serving of whipped Peter Pan Peanut Butter, 1 banana.
This isn't to say that one will never embrace a cupcake! There are times when only a cupcake will do, or when only a special dessert will do.
How could we possibly get through the holidays without a piece of pumpkin pie? And just imagine the expression on the bride's face when Dieter Wanda inquires, "I can't have wedding cake. Do you have a baked potato instead?"
So limit your calories by using your good sense in combination with food labels, nutrition guides when dining out (simply ask your server for a nutrition guide)- but don't ever set limitations on your avenues to success!
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