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Running and walking are two of the most accessible forms of exercise. You do not need anything but a decent pair of shoes to get started. If the weather is nice, all you have to do is head outside for trip down the street or around the track. When the weather is bad, head to the gym and jump on the treadmill. But is one of these straightforward exercises superior to the other? When it comes to running or walking, the best choice depends on a few factors.

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1. Walking Pace for Exercise

Walking for fitness is different than taking a leisurely stroll. How fast you should walk when aiming to get in shape depends on age, gender, and general fitness level, as well as terrain. For example, you have to move faster on flat ground to burn as many calories as you do walking up hills. Generally, a good pace is somewhere between 3 to 3.5 miles per hour. Or, aim to complete each mile in 17 to 20 minutes.

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