Walking vs jogging vs running

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    Walking vs jogging vs running

    I'm starting the 30 Days of Change training program, and the first day has 30 minutes of walking or jogging or running. I'm definitely not ready for a 30 min run, but I was wondering if a 10-minute run (approximately how long it takes for me to run a mile) is equivalent to 30 min walk?

    In other words I was wondering if 30 min walking = 10 min run and 30 min jog = 20 min run?

    ndhwolf thank you for asking the question and welcome to The Hive I am sorry because the answer is far from simple. We have, on day 1, 30 minutes of walking, jogging or running because they're reflective of different levels of physical fitness. When we walk, jog or run a number of biochemical and biomechanical changes kick in. It is not just the muscle you use to perform each one, it is also the load you bring to bear on joints and the load you create on your cardiovascular and aerobic systems and how they then respond biochemically as your body undergoes the changes necessary to power them.

    There is no real equivalence between walking, running and jogging. Each one represents a unique biochemical and biomechanical condition and elicits a similarly unique response that leads to physical adaptations in the body. 30 minutes of walking could give you the same calorie burn as maybe 10 minutes of running but it wouldn't give you the same load on the joints, for example, (because there is no impact). It wouldn't give you the same load on the cardiovascular system (because the demands made by each step of walking are not the same as those made by each step of running) and it wouldn't give you the same load at an aerobic level. This also means that the way your body responds biochemically, using up adenosine triphosphate (ATP) would be different. The depletion rate of blood sugar would be different and the oxidative stress would be different.

    To add to the complexity sustained exercise (the 30 minutes required by the program) creates fresh challenges for the body at both a biochemical and biomechanical level as natural fuel resources are depleted and fatigue kicks in.

    I hope I answered your question. Feel free to get back to me with anything you think needs more clarification.


      All of Damer 's points are true. From a physics standpoint, work is equal to force multiplied by distance. The force that you undertake is going to have some correspondence if you run or jog or walk a set distance (not a set time), though as Damer points out, the more that you move, the more stress it puts on your body and therefore will have different effects (biology is never as easy as physics). Thus running will be the ultimate in terms of what it does to your body. That is not to downplay walking or jogging though. Fitness trackers happily track the number of walking steps that you take in a day, and it is because they represent activity. There are people who all they do is to walk a lot, and they end up in great shape.

      All of this considered, if you are looking for energy expenditures, you could look at a website like CalorieLab which will tell you how much you burn doing all three, and you could meter it accordingly. Though again, not even all types of calorie burn are as effective.

      Also one of the great things about Darebee is that it makes you independent of needing outside equipment for exercise, if you do not have access. However, if you do, you could also consider lower impact activities such as swimming if you are trying to build your cardio. I used to be a long distance runner, got out of it, got out of shape, but when I got back into shape I didn't want to run. Eventually one of my boxing routines suggested running, and I put it in. By this point I was swimming 2km 2 or 3 times a week and walking 12,00-15,000 steps per day. At that point running was not a problem, even though I hadn't run in a long time, doing a 1km run was no problem. My point is that if you build slowly by doing whatever activity that you can, then you will be surprised what your body can accomplish.