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19 Jan 2004

Walking vs. Running
Dear Doc

Is it true that walking burns the same amount of calories as running (jogging)? ie. If I walk 5km I would burn the same amount of calories as I would if I jog 5km??

Thank You.
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01 Jan 0001

HI Brit

No not quite. The higher the intensity of exercise, the greater the energy use. So, running will use more energy than walking for THE SAME TIME PERIOD. So, for example, if you walk 30 minutes at brisk pace, you might use about 200 to 210 Cal (depending on weight), whereas a 30 minute run will burn 420 Cal. Now, when you do this according to distance, then it becomes a little more interesting. A 5 km run might take you 30 minutes, which means that you will burn about 400 Cal (more or less). A 5 km walk would take about 45 to 50 minutes (if you walk briskly), which means that you will burn about 300 to 320 Cal. SO, the gap is narrower, because you are exercising for longer when you walk, but it doesn't quite narrow that gap.

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