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Benefits of walking whether it be outdoors or on a treadmill
Health Shots spoke to fitness professional Vikas Sharma, he told us the benefits that walking can have for our health.
1. Cardiovascular health and endurance
“Both outdoor walking and treadmill walking can improve cardiovascular health and endurance,” says Sharma. Regular walking, regardless of the setting, helps strengthen the heart, reduce blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. By maintaining a consistent walking routine, whether outdoors or on a treadmill, you can improve your cardiovascular fitness and overall endurance.
2. Lung health and respiratory benefits
Walking, especially in fresh outdoor air, helps improve lung capacity and function. Sharma explains that outdoor walking exposes you to a variety of air quality and natural elements, which can promote deeper breathing and enhanced oxygen intake. However, treadmill walking can also offer respiratory benefits, as indoor environments are often well-ventilated and equipped with air circulation systems.
3. Hormonal balance and overall well-being
Walking, regardless of the setting, helps regulate hormonal balance in the body. “It stimulates the release of endorphins, known as “feel-good” hormones, which can uplift your mood, reduce anxiety and alleviate symptoms of depression,” says the fitness expert. Whether you choose to walk outdoors or on a treadmill, this physical activity can contribute to a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.
What burns more calories – walking outdoors or on a treadmill?
The primary difference between the two is the external factors that can affect your workout. When walking outside, you may come across uneven terrain, wind resistance and changes in elevation, which can increase the intensity of your workout and potentially burn more calories compared to walking on a flat treadmill surface. On the other hand, on a treadmill you can adjust the speed, incline, and monitor your heart rate, making it easier to maintain a certain intensity level for an extended period. Some treadmills also offer preset workout programs that can help increase calorie burn.
Ultimately, if you walk at the same speed and intensity both on a treadmill and outside, the difference in calorie burn may not be significant. However, if you encounter challenging outdoor conditions or choose to walk at varying speeds and inclines, outdoor walking may result in slightly higher calorie expenditure.