There are many reasons why people start running: to stay slim, boost energy, or snag that treadmill next to our longtime gym crush. Running can help keep the heart healthy, improve mood, and stave off sickness; plus recent studies have found running is a great way to lose and maintain weight.
But research suggests going full speed isn’t the only route to good health.
While walking can provide many of the same health benefits associated with running, recent research suggests running may be the better bet for those looking to shed some pounds.
Unsurprisingly, people expend two-and-a-half times more energy running than walking, whether that’s on the track or on the treadmill.
So for a 160-lb person, running burns about 800 calories an hour compared to about 300 calories walking. And that equates to a pretty sizable slice of pizza (who doesn’t love cheat day rewards?).