Walking is one of the best forms of exercise that is ideal for almost everyone. It is a cardiovascular physical activity which also helps improve blood flow and keep blood pressure in control. In fact, brisk walking is recommended by many fitness experts these days as it can help build stamina, burn calories and is good for your heart health. Another exercise option that one can conveniently go for in their neighbourhood park is jogging. If running is not your cup of tea or is inconvenient for you, jogging is similar but involves a speed that is lesser than running but higher than walking. Jogging will utilise less of your energy and exert you less. But if you are aiming for weight loss and want effective results which is a better option for you – brisk walking or jogging? We asked an expert. (Also read: Health benefits of walking, tips on getting started and finding your style)
“Maintaining a healthy weight and constantly monitoring the weight gain patterns have become an essential lifestyle practice as being overweight and obese can lead to potentially serious health problems. Brisk walking, jogging, stationary cycling and treadmill are some of the most commonly undertaken physical activities for weight loss as they are quite feasible and do not require any supervision or assistance. Among this, brisk walking and jogging are more commonly undertaken as they do not require any financial expenditures and are easily accessible,” says Pragnya Ravichandran Executive Physiotherapist Cloudnine Group of Hospitals T. Nagar, Chennai.
Brisk walking vs jogging: What’s the difference
Brisk walking is different from jogging in terms of biomechanics and energy expenditure. Ravichandran explains the difference between the two.
What is brisk walking
Brisk walking is simply an act of walking in an energetic and brisk manner, trying to cover a speed of at least 3-4 miles per hour. To better describe, brisk walking is not a stroll or slow-paced walk and usually allows the person to talk, but not sing.
What is jogging
Jogging is a form of exercise which involves running at a slow and rhythmic speed. Jogging involves a speed that is lesser than running but higher than walking. Compared to running, jogging utilises less energy and hence there is less stress.
Brisk walking vs jogging; which one is more intense?
“Brisk walking is a moderate intensity–low impact physical activity as one foot is always touching the ground at all times. When one heel lifts off from the ground, the toes of …….