6 Reasons it's better to walk than run
In support of walking
In support of running
#5. Walking is heart friendly
While there is no doubt that controlled bursts of physical stress are good for your heart, the truth is that the more gradual the increase, the better. This is especially true if you are new, over weight, out of shape, older than 40 or you have any persistent health conditions that effect your heart.
Alternatively, if you've been walking every day for years, than yes, you might want to consider running. Then again, some research has shown than it might be smarter to simply extend your walking routine instead of running.
#4. Walking is easier on your feet
There is no doubt about it. Walking means less risk of mechanical injuries, or rather; injuries to your muscles or bones. Your feet especially, are prone to injuries from running. Everything from stretching your achillies tendon just a bit too far, all the way to fracturing the small bones than form your feet.
For that matter, walking means your less likely to trip, stumble or fall which means less risk of breakage, strains or other injuries to the rest of your body. This is especially true if you live anywhere with a lot of moisture, rain or ice. Walking is also a better choice if you live on rugged terrain or anywhere that does not have smooth flat roads that are easily accessible.
Walking is better for your body in general, because you can handle more situations by walking than you can with running. If you come across a big hill, you're going to be tired from running already, which means great risk of injuring yourself on the walk up or down the hill. Likewise, if you find yourself faced with having to take a detour from your regular routine, you never know what sort of differences you'll feel under your feet. It could mean going across gravel or grass or even through a new park. When you're walking, your body has time to acclimate itself to whatever comes up. When you're running, you don't want to be without a plan, since it's so much easier to injure yourself than it is with walking.
#3. None of your parts jiggle when you walk
#2. You can walk longer than you can run
Regardless of how many calories you can burn with running, eventually your body will tell you it's had enough. By then, most people are sweaty and high (from naturally released endorphins) and ready for a loooooong rest.
You can walk 5 times longer than you can run, and depending on how rugged the landscape is where you are walking, than means a better workout for your body. With running, you would need to create a plan and then train your body to reach your goals, upping the ante as you go. With walking, you really don't need a plan. You simply pick a place to walk to or a certain distance round trip, then be on your way. With walking, if you decide you want to walk for longer one day, you can without having to plan for it. With running, you could end up tiring yourself out for the way back home, making it a long and arduous trip that doesn't feel very good.
#1. Walking is better for your mind
When you walk, you have time to stop and smell the roses.
You also have time to say hello to your neighbors, to look at the environment around you and to think things through. In fact, walking is one of the best ways to get into meditation, especially if your not the type who likes to sit criss-cross-applesauce on the floor trying to ignore all the itching and persistent thoughts. It's much easier to release pent up emotions and energy when your walking, as there are plenty of distractions and things to do while your walking.
Walking is something easily done in just about any social situation as well. That means you can walk while shopping, you can walk with friends and you can walk and talk on the phone. You don't have to worry about saving your breath to keep your lungs from exploding like you do with running, making walking the ultimate exercise for the mind.
Physically, walking means no intense stress on your lungs and positive stress on your heart, which results in a smooth and steady stream of oxygen to your brain. No wonder so many things have been worked out by people who walk often!
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