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|Author: ||Jamba Juice|
|Subject: ||RE: The role of walking/hiking|
I've been wondering about this too. In Lore of Running Noakes profiles Nurmi, who did a lot of walking on his way to Olympic history. However I think I remember Nurmi saying if he could do it again he would have done less walking, because it had a tendency to make the legs stiff.
Because walking is a weight-bearing activity, you have to do a cost-benefit. Walking far at extremely low intensity (HR 90-110 say) would seem to not be worth it. You're putting weight on your legs and not getting enough benefit for it. However, hiking in the mountains, or briskly in rolling terrain, is probably worth it. You can get your HR up to a meaningful aerobic level and also likely get some muscle/connective tissue stimulus due to the grade.
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