Magazine article Work & Family Life

Benefits of the Run/walk Alternative

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Benefits of the Run/walk Alternative

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An exercise program that combines running and walking isn't new. Lots of runners fall back to walking when they get tired and many walkers like to sprint from time to time. Here are some suggestions for a hybrid plan that should help add variety to your workouts.

If you're a runner

* WALKING "BREAKS" HELP YOU BUILD ENDURANCE, speed and fitness. Some walking also reduces stress on your joints and thus lowers your risk of injury. For runners who are recovering from an injury, physical therapists emphasize the walking phases.

* TRY ALTERNATING RUNNING AND WALKING in various phases such as: 2 minutes of each, 4 minutes of running and a minute of walking or 9 minutes of running with a minute of walking.

If you're a walker

* ADDING SOME RUNNING WILL BURN MORE CALORIES, boost your HDL (good) cholesterol, enhance your cardiovascular fitness and give you a more intense workout. …

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