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Friday, September 04, 2020

Is speed walking necessary to reap benefits? I don't walk as fast as others but my fitbit registers heart rate increase like it should. I have been improving speed slightly over time but still .....I get passed on walks more often then not. Would I have more benefits if I push speed?
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    I just read an excellent article yesterday about this subject. In a major test, it was found that walking/jogging/running have all the same effect on metabolism..it's the duration of the movement that matters. You would have to walk about 3x the same as running for calories expended. Speed walking only reduces the time you would need for the same effect as strolling.
    170 days ago
  • AKELLY45
    Walking speed you're comfortable with but if you've been walking for a while try to increase the speed 2 the point where we're having a conversation could be a little out of dress kind of but not out of breath I don't know how to explain it
    180 days ago
  • JULIEA7201
    Walking is good at any speed. If your pace is increasing over time, great. Keep moving!!
    181 days ago
    Walk the speed that you feel good at. Then work at increasing speed slowly. Some people are just not fast walkers. My Dad wasn’t. Always complained that even the old ladies passed him by! emoticon emoticon
    181 days ago
    I think you are doing great! When ever you feel like a having a burst of speed, just go for it, for awhile. The most important thing is to enjoy your walk. At least for me. emoticon
    181 days ago
    Several articles on walking here on SparkPeople will help you. Walking faster does burn more calories if you get your heart rate up.
    181 days ago
    My resting is 67. I went as high as 117 today.
    182 days ago
    My resting heart rate is about 60.
    182 days ago
    If your heart rate increases, you're getting benefits. Ask your doctor what your maximum rate should be. Mine averages 110 when walking, but had been as high as 140, which is high.
    182 days ago
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