Status:Closed Asked:Feb 06, 2013 - 06:54 AM
Is walking for 45 minutes at a certain intensity the same as walking those 45 minutes broken up?
Walking for 45 minutes at a brisk pace that is moderately challenging is beneficial whether it is performed all in one bout or accumulated in several short bouts. Both formats will work your cardiorespiratory system and allow you to burn calories while you do it. To get the most benefit from the shorter bouts of walking, it is recommended to perform no fewer than 10 minutes of exercise during each bout, so plan accordingly on those days when you are training intermittently. To get even more cardiorespiratory and calorie-burning benefits, consider increasing your intensity by walking faster or finding stairs to climb during the shorter bouts, knowing you get to rest in between those harder intervals. If you try this approach, you will probably find that when you perform your longer, unbroken 45-minute bout of walking it will feel easier. At that point you should be able to walk faster, and therefore farther, in the same amount of time. In other words, you are getting even more fit!
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