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Question: The difference between walking and running

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

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What is the difference between walking and running? I've see people say it is whether a foot is alkways on the ground or not, and similar things.

What is the difference between walking and running? I've see people say it is whether a foot is alkways on the ground or not, and similar things.

Personally, i define walking as the feet pulling the body, and running as the feet are pushing the body. Thus, usually, the feet are in front of the person when walking (and behind when walking backwards) and the feet are behind when running (and in front when running backwards). I like this definition because it is very clear, and the distinction makes sense.

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walking vs running (1)

SolemnDragon (593956) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313749)

well, we can look at things like stride length and balance, or we can look at it the way we do for other animals. is one foot touching the ground at any given point? If yes, then you're walking. (this is one of the criteria used for speedwalking competitions. Yes, there really is such a thing.)

If no- you're running. running involves throwing yourself forward. The feet push you when you're walking, just slower- you're falling forward to be propped up by the other foot. In running, you're throwing yourself forward, to be caught and thrown again by the other foot.

I could well be wrong, though, so perhaps you'd best try it and see... *grin*

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It depends... (1)

(H)elix1 (231155) | more than 10 years ago | (#7315030)

on if you have a pair of scissors in your hand. (thank you, I'll be here all night...)

Regardless of how your foot lands, I've been told it is all about heart rate. A long walk that does not give your cardio system a workout is rumored to not be worth much from a health perspective - or so my bride tells me.
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