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Aug 4, 2016 · 8 Fitness Myth Busters

Would you happen to have a reference for Myth #1 “whether you walk or run one mile, you will burn the same amount of calories”? My research seems to indicate otherwise…

Research has shown that running requires more energy per unit of distance when
compared to walking. The majority of research articles on this topic support the claim that you
burn more calories when you run than when you walk. A study conducted at Syracuse
University in 2004, and published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise,
showed that participants who walked a mile on a treadmill at a speed of just over 3 miles per
hour burned 81 calories, while participants who ran a mile on a treadmill at a speed of just over
6 miles per hour burned 114 calories. Studies conducted and published on this topic report
some variation in the number of additional calories burned when running vs. walking, but it is
generally accepted that you will burn more calories if you run a given distance compared to
walking the same distance.

Reference:
Hall, C., Figueroa, A., Fernhall, B., & Kanaley, J. (2004). Energy expenditure of walking and
running: Comparison with prediction equations. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise,
36, 2128–2134

Thank you.