I’ve been doing a bit of walking this week. Why walk when you can run? Why indeed ? But if you can’t run a walk is a good substitute, with certain advantages as I have discovered.
When you go for a walk you don’t need to get changed (no way could I go for a run without my sports bra!), a post walk shower is not essential for reasons of sweatiness, and it’s much easier to persuade children or friends to accompany you. You can chat with friends on a walk ( I don’t have anyone who wants to run with me, and runs at my speed and wants to run when I run). You can still cover the same number of miles, so you still use up the same number of calories, but it takes longer to do it. However, if you are spending time with family and friends away from the TV and electronic gizmo’s, then it’s time well spent, whereas if you leave your child being babysat by the TV whilst you go for a run, that feels a bit self indulgent. There’s time to enjoy the scenery, and chat about it, take pictures if you wish, walk around a bit looking for a good view. The photo is the viewpoint that I was looking for last week. This is probably the nearest I’m going to get to it but I need better weather conditions to get a better pic. I took my son with me and he resolutely endured tiptoeing through the cowpats up and down the hills in order to get the best angle. Poor boy, he’s just beginning to suspect that I’m a bit eccentric! Mind you, I’m not as eccentric as the person who did this , also seen on our walk!
Walking is not as good as a run for improving cardiovascular fitness I think, I don’t spend enough time sweaty and out of breath, but compared to sitting on the sofa it has to be better!