I'm sure you can benefit from walking place, but I would think the benefits would be greater with walking outdoors. I definitely prefer the latter.
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I always walk outside UNLESS it is too nasty outside that I love to walk the 2 mile Walk Away the Pounds. I did it last month and the next day (after months and months of walking outside) I was sore. I loved it because I knew I'd worked muscles that I didn't normally use while walking in the neighborhood (15 mile minute).
Just walking in place (I'm not talking about the DVDs) is less effective at burning calories than walking to cover distance.
When you walk outside, you are lifting your body up and propelling it forward. It takes energy (i.e., burns calories) to do both of those.
When you walk in place, you are only lifting your body up, but not propelling it forward, which requires less energy and burns fewer calories.
This is also a fundamental reason why running a mile burns more calories than walking a mile -- even though many people claim that it is the same. In fact, running involves pushing the entire weight of the body off the ground with each step as well as moving it forward, which takes more energy than simply walking, because when we walk, we do not have to push our entire bodyweight off the ground -- just half of it.
So it's better to walk outside, on a track, on a treadmill, around your house -- wherever, just as long as you are covering distance.
It is better to walk in place than to stand still or to sit.
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I agree with IGGLER and R.HARBAUGH, the walking dvds are very effective. I don't think they are boring at all. And I have several of them to change every so often. Leslie Sansone also has a jog at home dvd that is 30 minutes. I use these dvds as my primary exercise too.
Just wanted to chime in about walking in-home and WATP dvd's... They aren't just standing still walking in place for the duration, they include stepping sideways, kicking to the front, knee lifts and lifting your feet up behind you. I consider them low impact aerobics and they're my main form of exercise. Doing the same dvd over and over can get a little boring, but if you switch up miles it's pretty fun, not a bad workout either lol. Just my 2 cents =)
Yes you can benefit from walking in place, I started my weight loss journey with Leslie Sansone walking DVD's They really work! She starts with a warm up and ends with a cool down and adds hand weights and stretches the one I have is the 45 minute power walk and you do the equivalent of 3 miles in 45 minutes, I highly recommend it. I have hit a plateau and I going to change up my routine and go back to the DVD,(I haven;t done it since winter) Good luck and let us know how it works for you.
I am not sure I can really answer your question however, I am sure walking in place is somewhat effective. THere are DVD's called Walk away the Pounds, (I think that is what they are called) that has you walking in place for 30 minutes....
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