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Calories Burned while Running vs Walking

Do you burn the same number of calories if you run or walk the same distance? It depends on how fast you walk. When you run, you burn about 100 calories per mile, no matter how fast you go. You keep the same form at any speed. When you walk slowly, at 3 miles an hour, you burn about 65 calories per mile. When you walk fast, at 5 miles an hour, you burn about 128 calories per mile. The faster you walk, the more energy you use with the exaggerated side-to-side motion. Fast walking can be even more vigorous than running, and you are less likely to be injured.

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Checked 9/28/08

May 11th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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