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How to Turn Your Walk into a Run

A Walker's Guide to Running

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  • I’ve been a runner for 8 years now and find it an addictive way to stay active, control stress & meet amazing people. Registering for local races is a very noticing way to keep yourself accountable. Keeps a goal in view. Wether it’s a mile or a marathon it’s a fun way to get healthy :)
  • 221789
    At age 65 I have no interest in running. For me, walking is were it is at. I walk 2 mile seven days a week. My champion is my 10 month black lab. We both need the exercise-for me as weight maintenance and for him to keep him controllable at home.

    I take my walks seriously and make every walk count by trying to increase my time. When I started last November I was 47 lbs heavier and was lucky to get maintain 3 mph for two miles. Now I am at 3.9 mph with a goal to reach 4 mph. It is hard to maintain any fast speed when walking a dog. You can't swing your arm to increase speed while holding on a leash. I had to learn how to walk correctly to increase my speed. Proper walking technique takes practice and skill. I read that if you walk correctly and use small hand weights, this is the equivalent to a slow run. I firmly believe that fast walking will give the same benefits as running. And I mean WALKING not strolling....I see too many walkers taking a stroll and not exercising for maximum benefit.
  • I lost 75 pounds WALKING--and I've maintained that loss for 10 years. I walk the hills around my house every day, seven days a week, and then head for my treadmill when the weather's bad. I maintain my size 4 with very little effort--and NO JOINT DAMAGE!

    So thanks, but I'll pass on being a "runner"...I think I'm doing a-o-k as is.
  • I also mix it up. I walk and then run.
  • ROCKS8ROX
    I mix it up and walk with short intervals of running.
  • I can do short intervals of running when I take my walk but I am careful since I'm one month away from 70.
  • Due to a bad ankle and leg, I don't run but try to get as much walking in as I can. I keep working, as it will tolerate, with stretching and bending.
  • I walk about 2 hours daily to raise my blood pressure,without it it is 80/50, my Dr. advises it. I also have a blood clot near my heart & can not do hard exercise. I have lost 40 pounds. Running can be hard on your joints & heart,you can always try walking faster if you are capable. I am not as it would lower my blood pressure.
  • Great article............Thank You.
  • ANNE-IN-GTX
    As a long time runner who has run on both roads, (marathons) and trails, (ultra marathons) I would suggest that if you intend to run trails more than road, it is best to invest in a pair of TRAIL shoes. They have a sturdier toe box which will protect your toes from tree roots, and rocks.
    Further...if you run both road, and trail it is a good idea to do foot exercises to strengthen your feet since trail materials shift underfoot, and your foot muscles will work to stabilize your feet.
  • I'm disappointed that SparkPeople is pushing running once again--the BEST exercise you'll ever find is WALKING! A high-speed interval-training WALK has been shown to provide a myriad of physical benefits, and increase longevity overall. According to my orthopedic surgeon, running will only lead to a lifetime of joint problems, back problems, and other degeneration issues from constant pounding. Don't fall into that trap of thinking you have to be a runner to "exercise"...you don't! I've been a WALKER for 15 years & stayed thin & healthy & fabulous--and my joints thank me for it!

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