Losing weight isn’t easy and as we all know, proper diet and exercise is the best way to shed those extra pounds. But the kind of exercise you’re doing matters. And we hear that if you’re trying to slim down, running provides much better results than walking.
A new study compared weight loss and weight control in runners and walkers over the course of six years. Both the runners and walkers lost weight but the runners lost significantly more.
“Running is more effective than walking in preventing weight gain and achieving weight loss,” says Paul Williams, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Running is metabolic, which is why it can produce more weight loss. “If you exercise vigorously like running, your metabolic rate remains elevated after the exercise,” Williams says. “For walkers, much less so.”
For those that hate to run, try other aerobic exercise that like running, increase your metabolic rate like swimming and cycling. And remember, any exercise, including walking, is better than no exercise at all. “We show weight loss benefit with walking; the benefits just aren’t as great as with running,” Williams adds.
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