Exercise / General Health

Fat Loss: Walking or Running?

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This is perpetually asked question and there is often an exchange of ideas round the subject of fat loss.

Let’s assume that there are 2 main ways to burn fat:

  • light-weight exercise
  • very intensive exercise

Light exercise advantages from the ‘fat burning zone’, that means you burn a whole heap of calories from fat during the actual duration of the exercise (though less calories overall) as compared to alternative types of exercise.

High intensive exercise (HIIT) stimulates your metabolism to burn fat so much faster. HIIT has the advantage of using harder muscle contraction and therefore burns extra calories during the recovery period. However should be revered and given adequate recovery time.

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With that all established, the crucial factor with regular runners is that a typical run manages to be neither one nor the opposite. The average rate on a jog won’t be best for fat loss, and also the period of the exercising is usually too long to profit from the ‘in and out’ nature of intensive exercise. In fact, running will even evoke a negative modification in your body composition. If you’re not careful along with your nutrition after running, you run the chance of depleting your body’s glycogen stores, forcing your body to convert existing fuel for exercising. Consequently you lose muscle weight, meaning a higher percentage of fat in your body.

To answer the question directly: easy paced and long distance walking/ hiking is a leisurely to route to fat burning. Sprinting and high intensity exercise is a glorious and fast way that to burn fat.