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If your walking routine is in cruise control, then maybe it’s time for a challenge. Online personal trainer, Andrew Cate, reveals how to gradually introduce running into your walking workouts.
When is it time for walkers to start running?
Walking is a wonderful form of exercise, and its low impact makes it a very safe and popular activity. But what is a positive for people who are overweight or new to exercise can become a negative for people who are fit. Because walking is gentle, it may fail to elevate your heart rate enough to achieve significant gains in cardiovascular fitness. By including a little running during your training walks (known as walk-runs), the intensity of your exercise will be increased, and this may stimulate a greater training response. Performing walk-runs is also a way to include interval training as part of your exercise routine, a strategy that is known to boost your fitness and fat loss. In other words, running is time efficient, because you can achieve more in less time. Some tell-tale signs that your body may be ready to tackle some light running during your walking routine include:
Training tips to get started on walk-runs
If you can identify with the signs listed above that indicate you are ready to introduce walk-runs into your exercise routine, the following tips can help you begin.
When should you avoid running?
There are some circumstances where it may not be suitable to try walk-runs. Stick to walking only if:
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