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If you were to walk, jog, run, or sprint...what would you choose and why?

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Created November 16, 2011 at 10:12 PM

I've read cardio is no good. So that leaves walking or sprinting?

Should we not run or jog then?

Winter is coming up, and it will be below zero. Should I just bundle up and walk vs. running inside on treadmill?

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on November 17, 2011
at 10:29 AM

Why choose? Walk, jog, run AND sprint. Do all of the above, outside and in the woods, three to four days a week.

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on November 17, 2011
at 07:22 AM

So keep on jogging then! I'm the same way as you and there's no way I'll cut out my running (usually slow, sometimes with sprints mixed in). I don't really get the fear of "chronic cardio"... If it's fun, makes us feel good, and if we allow ourselves to recover properly, it can't be all that bad? Yeah, longevity blah blah, but maybe I'd rather live a few years less and run than quit running for good.

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on November 17, 2011
at 04:30 AM

Oxytocin induces labor contractions and is produced by the hypophyses! If only I got the question right on the damn exam...

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on November 17, 2011
at 01:17 AM

This is what I do. I love love love long distance running (used to do 5+ miles a day), but I've forced myself to cut back to 1 day a week and mix it up with sprinting and walking.

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:31 PM

I walk inside on a treadmill - it lets me read books at the same time.

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Hmm, are you sure you don't have it the other way around? Lose weight = sprint, gain muscle = lift + walk? I'm confused.

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:15 PM

Possible duplicate: http://paleohacks.com/questions/19390/treadmill-elliptical-machine-exercise-bike-rowing-machine-climbing-machine-o#axzz1dpWcL0KA

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:07 PM

Right on, Andrew. Goals determine the activity; or certainly should.

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on November 16, 2011
at 10:51 PM

I don't know which one's best, but whatever you do, please bring a dog. I've heard it boosts oxytocin levels.

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:00 PM

What is your purpose for doing these in the first place?

Better body composition(more muscle, less fat)- stick with sprints or intervals

Getting out of the house and avoiding the cold - stick with walking

You like running for no apparent reason - stick with jogging

The idea behind avoiding "cardio" like jogging on a treadmill is because it has little to no effect on fat loss.

If you enjoy doing all of these activities, try doing one or two days of interval sprints, one or two days of an extended low level walk, and one or two days of a 2-4 mile run.

If you hate all of them, sprints will give you the most bang for your buck.

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on November 17, 2011
at 01:17 AM

This is what I do. I love love love long distance running (used to do 5+ miles a day), but I've forced myself to cut back to 1 day a week and mix it up with sprinting and walking.

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:07 PM

Right on, Andrew. Goals determine the activity; or certainly should.

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:09 PM

sitting on my ass all day, minimal walking and some slow bike riding. that's my take.

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on November 16, 2011
at 10:47 PM

I do a ton of walking and none of the other things, though I could see sprinting being beneficial. I think hitting most muscle groups every week with some kind of anaerobic workout is roughly equivalent to sprinting.

I don't think jogging is necessarily bad unless you are overweight and/or running on pavement. If you are already lean and doing trail running or something with reasonable recovery time, it's probably completely beneficial.

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on November 16, 2011
at 10:18 PM

Wearing your body down with constant endurance workouts is definitely out of favor within paleo. If you allow yourself recovery time, I don't think running or jogging are that frowned upon.

Having spent 35+ winters in Wisconsin, I can say sprinting would've been a challenge in the number of layers necessary to avoid becoming a statue in 10 seconds. :-))

I think the most important thing is to mix it up and allow recovery time. Do what you feel like, but don't let exercise become a stagnant treadmill of any one activity. You don't want/need repetitive use injuries to joints and tendons.

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on November 17, 2011
at 05:18 AM

Sprinting gets my vote. If those are my only choices. Instead when it comes to exercise to stay in shape I opt for intervals of one form or another (bodyweights, kettlebells, punching bag, bulgarian bag, you name it).

I think the intervals match the types of activities I enjoy. Plus more and more research says that the intervals are more effective at fat loss - need to stay ahead of that curve.

But like others have said, why are you looking at walking, running, or sprinting.

For fat loss - intervals.

For stress relief and fresh air ... bundle up and get outside. Walk, run, or sprint - just get some fresh air.

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on November 17, 2011
at 02:45 AM

I never run without my dog so it's pretty much sprints, walking, jogging and sniffing sporadically for about 5 miles a day.

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on November 17, 2011
at 01:09 AM

So help me, I really and truly love going for slow jogs. Always have and probably always will. What I do is actually not much more taxing than a brisk walk, but I absolutely love it. I'll not do it more than twice/week, though.

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on November 17, 2011
at 07:22 AM

So keep on jogging then! I'm the same way as you and there's no way I'll cut out my running (usually slow, sometimes with sprints mixed in). I don't really get the fear of "chronic cardio"... If it's fun, makes us feel good, and if we allow ourselves to recover properly, it can't be all that bad? Yeah, longevity blah blah, but maybe I'd rather live a few years less and run than quit running for good.

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Walk. If you want the horse to cross the finish line you don't run it too hard.

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on November 16, 2011
at 10:30 PM

Yes, you got it! Walking or Sprinting. I tell people who want to lose weight that they should lift heavy weights and walk slowly; and people who want to gain muscle mass that they should sprint. Everything else is just breaking your body down. If you run because you love to run, fine, but just realize that it's not good for you (other than the fun you get out of it).

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Hmm, are you sure you don't have it the other way around? Lose weight = sprint, gain muscle = lift + walk? I'm confused.

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