1) you can cover the same distance in half the time.
2) you look 'cooler' running than walking
3) running shoes vs. 'walking' shoes
It isn't that I haven't tried running, I have. I just don't have the ability to run.
1) Breathing--I breath too shallowly to breath efficiently. It doesn't help that I have asthma, so when I breath too shallow, it exacerbates the situation.
2) I manage to hurt myself . . . every single time. If it isn't a pulled groin muscle, it's twisting my ankle or bunging up my knees
So I walk.
That is part of the reason I've successfully kept my weight off . . . well, except for the darn vacation pounds I gained in August and still haven't lost. . . . grrrrr.
The key is to find an exercise you enjoy doing, every day.
I look forward to my walks. Since I walk outside, I see the changing of the seasons. I hear a variety of birds throughout the seasons. I greet other bikers, runners and walkers on my trail.
It's my thing.
But if you enjoy shopping at the mall instead of nature, then go walk the mall. Make a point of walking first, then treat yourself to window shopping as you cool down.
Get into a habit of walking a certain number of laps and then challenge yourself.
Walk the same number of laps, but try to increase your pace for each lap. If you inadvertently slow down, you will know by your lap time.
1) increase your speed
2) increase your stride length
3) practice tightening your muscles
4) dress in layers
And just because you walk, you don't have to buy 'walking shoes'. Those things don't breath. They don't flex. And they weigh a ton!
Buy shoes that breath, flex and feel comfortable with an adequate amount of support. In other words, buy running shoes.
Dress in layers, especially in winter, because if you are working hard you will warm up and start sweating, which will allow you to strip off the outer layers.
And speaking of sweating, if you aren't sweating you aren't working hard enough!
So go out and enjoy the weather. I know I do!