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Top 5 Fridays! 5 Reasons Why Runners Should Like Walking

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Many runners perceive walking to be ‘a poor cousin’ to running. I get it I have felt that way too. As per a recent post many people assume that knee joint lading to be much greater for running than walking (not true), and we all know the aerobic effort required to run is greater than that required to walk πŸ‘£

via Brad Beer's on instagram

πŸ‘‰πŸ»But there are some great benefits of runners incorporating walking into their training. I recall hearing @montanarunninglab in 2018 share that ‘most runners underestimate the benefits of walking’ & it really got me thinking & viewing walking differently- no longer as an ‘inferior’ activity to running πŸ€”
☝🏻So here are my top 5 reasons why runners may wish to reconsider their views of walking:
1️⃣ While the peak knee joint load per stride is much greater with running the cumulative load at the knee joint is very similar with running & walking (Miller, 2017) πŸ‘€
2️⃣ As @shonahalson states (Ep 190 @physicalperformanceshow) : ‘the only training your are benefiting from is the training you are recovering from’, so don’t be afraid to go for a trek, or relaxing walk when you don’t feel like you have your ‘running legs’ 🦡🏻
3️⃣ Spending ‘time on feet’ can be key for aerobic long runs. Consider adding one walking to your long runs in preparation for upcoming longer events (marathons, ultras etc). Trent Stellingwerf shared this strategy for extending the time of a long run on Ep 178 of @physicalperformanceshow
4️⃣ Running has been shown to be protective against knee and hip osteoarthritis, given that the cumulative load at the knee and hip are similar for running and walking, it’s safe to assume that walking can confer a protective effect for these joints as well 🦴
5️⃣ If your partner is needing quality time, and they don’t run, then voila! Everybody wins πŸŽ‰
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