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Does walking add much to fitness?(2 posts)

Does walking add much to fitness?GileyD
Nov 12, 2002 9:09 AM
I walk to work and back, which adds up to about 18 miles a week. I walk pretty fast and though I've never worn my HRM I reckon I get into lower level 2.

I got to thinking about whether this actually helps my cycling, or is it a case of better than nothing but no real benefits??
re: Does walking add much to fitness?Jon Billheimer
Nov 12, 2002 11:24 AM
Walking is great exercise for fitness. You'll get the same central aerobic benefits by getting your heart rate up from walking as from any other exercise.

The old exercise physiologist (I forget his name) who literally re-wrote the books on aging and loss of VO2 max and had himself tested annually from his mid-thirties until he died at the age of 93 maintained his phenomenal condition through strenuous, daily multi-hour walks after he retired. This man lost only 2% of his aerobic capacity per decade!!! Conventional wisdom says age-related aerobic decline is 10 - 15% per decade.