View Full Version : Can power-walking be as good as jogging?
05-22-2009, 10:30 AM
Since the weather has gotten warmer, my son and I have been taking two walks a day -- once in the morning and once again after his afternoon nap. I recently decided that I wanted to lose my baby weight and began power-walking. His stroller doesn't seem to really like it when I jog for long periods of time, so what i'll do is jog for a few seconds, then power walk, then jog some more. Our neighborhood has very few hills, but when we get to them I try to jog over them.
Can I still anticipate losing weight doing my exercise this way?
05-22-2009, 11:02 AM
You can absolutely anticipate losing weight exercising that way. I lost 80 pounds powerwalking. Any exercise is better than no exercise, and powerwalking is an exceptional way to exercise. It's easier on your ankles, knees, feet and back. It's easier to remind yourself to keep good form: good posture, head up, shoulders back and down, tummy pulled in, etc. Push off using your whole leg, including your glutes.
According to my research, you will burn approximately the same number of calories powerwalking a mile as you would running a mile... you'll just run the mile faster than you'll walk it. So if you have an hour to exercise, you'll burn more calories running because you'll go farther. If time isn't an issue for you, you can powerwalk just as far as you would have run, therefore burning approximately the same amount of calories as you have had you run.
Keep it up! It isn't easy to develop a good exercise routine, but once you do, stick to it and you will see results!! Good luck!
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