The benefits of walking as a runner

When you’re a runner, it can be easy to fall into thinking that every time you head out of the door to exercise, you should be going for a run. But there are some really great benefits to heading out for a walk instead. You might even enjoy it so much, that you’re tempted to sign up for a 5K fundraising walk with Alzheimer’s Research UK this summer! Here are our top reasons to add walking into your weekly workout routine.

Walking is low impact

If you’re finding running hard on your joints, then walking is a great way to build running strength – minus the impact. You’ll still be working on your endurance, while also building up the muscles around your ankles, hips, feet and knees. It’s good for your bone strength too. Adding regular walks into your routine can help you get stronger for your runs, resulted in better form and fewer injuries.

Use walking for active recovery

When you’ve done a tough running workout, like a speed interval session or some hills, then you might be inclined to have a rest day with your feet up. However, you’re actually better off doing a little active recovery – walking being the perfect solution. This helps to stimulate the blood flow in your legs, reducing soreness, and helping you recover a little quicker.

Spend time walking with friends

Walking is a great way to have a social outing with friends. It’s more inclusive than running if you have friends who are not quite at the running stage yet, and you can spend the time chatting while getting a few miles under your belt. The Walk For A Cure 5K fundraising walks this July are perfect to take on as a team.

Walking can boost your mental health

Walking outside is a great way to get a quick mood boost. Spending time in nature is a great way to help if you’re feeling low, stressed, anxious or worried. Add in some exercise at the same time and you’ll get even more benefit. Going for a walk can lift tiredness, increase your energy levels, reduce stress and help you sleep better.

Walking can replace a run

If you’re struggling to get out for a run due to a niggle or you just need a break from running, walking can be a great alternative. Aim for about double the amount of time as your planned running session to reap the rewards, so if you were planning to run for 30 minutes at a steady pace, then do a 60-minute walk instead. You’ll get plenty of benefit from this and you won’t lose your running endurance.

Walk For A Cure is an event for everyone, whether you want to take part with your friends and family, colleagues or solo. Whether you’re walking for a loved one affected by dementia, for someone special to you who was taken by dementia, or to help find a cure. Walk For A Cure will take place across three weekends in July: Saturday 8 July – Lee Valley Regional Park, London; Sunday 23 July – The Stray, Harrogate; and Sunday 30 July – Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. Find out more about Alzheimer’s Research UK and their new series of 5K fundraising walks here:

** This article was written by the Run Mummy Run team to support a paid partnership with our Charity Partner Alzheimer’s Research UK **


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  1. The tips for incorporating walking breaks into your running routine are really helpful and can be easily implemented by runners of all experience levels.

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