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POWER WALKING OR JOGGING, WHAT WILL POWER YOUR FITNESS?
There is no question of the importance of a cardio workout for your health. It regulates blood circulation and maintains the overall health of your heart. The question, however, is as to what exercises are optimum for your body. While a few experts feel jogging and running helps you in burning more calories and weight. Though, there is a new form of exercise, which is giving running a run for its money. It’s called Power Walking. It’s nothing but walking at a quicker pace and more consistency, which is at par with a mild jog. However, here’s why you should take notice and give it a serious try:
LESS STRESS ON THE JOINTS
Let’s face it, not all of us are Usain Bolt nor do we intend to put our body through all that intensive training. Running takes a toll on your joints especially the knees, hips and feet. As you age, you’ll need to take better care of these joints hence, it’s always a better idea to power walk rather than jog or run.
MELTS MORE FAT THAN RUNNING
Surprised? Don’t be. It’s actually quite elementary. Power walking is all about walking faster at a consistent rate for a longer duration, which is just the ideal scenario for burning fat. Usually, you cannot maintain a consistent speed while jogging or running because of exhaustion, which makes fat loss a problem. Therefore power walking is ideal for those looking to shed fat.
CAN DO IT ANYWHERE
Imagine reaching work dripping in sweat with your shirt and blazer on. Not the ideal scenario right? Power walking, on the other hand, allows you to sweat less and also do your daily activities like reaching work if you stay close by or even collecting groceries on your way back home. Bottom line, it is convenient and can become a part of your life rather than taking time off for activities such as jogging, which requires a certain place and time.
HALE AND HEARTY IN THE LONG-TERM
As much as we all would like to run and jog, not all of us have similar cardiovascular health. Though science has shown plenty of benefits for jogging it also warns that too much jogging and running can actually have a cascading effect on your cardiovascular system. So, power walk and power up your heart and blood circulation.
POWER YOUR IMMUNITY
Studies have shown that moderate exercise every week helps the body to produce antibodies and improve immunity. On the other hand, intensive workouts and exercises have shown the exact opposite effect. Power walking is relatively moderate in intensity and effort. Therefore it keeps you away from falling ill too frequently.
INCREASES YOUR STAMINA, EFFORTLESSLY
Imagine what will happen to you if you start running from tomorrow without any preparation, training or activity. Probably, you will not be able to go the distance and will be huffing and puffing within a few minutes. Running is beneficial for those who have undergone higher levels of endurance training to keep that stamina for long intervals. Power walking essentially builds your stamina over a period of time with minimal effort or time.
Which one do you think is better? Share your experiences and stories.