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Q: Walking vs treadmill ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Walking vs treadmill
Category: Sports and Recreation > Training
Asked by: aussiemum-ga
List Price: $4.50
Posted: 05 Feb 2003 15:30 PST
Expires: 07 Mar 2003 15:30 PST
Question ID: 157796
My husband says that walking on a treadmill is "easier", that is uses
less calories, than walking the eqivalent distance, spped, incline etc
on the ground. He claims this is because the treadmill moves you along
the belt somewhat and ground-walking does not. Is this true?  Does one
form of exercise use more calories than the other?
Subject: Re: Walking vs treadmill
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 05 Feb 2003 15:58 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello aussiemum-ga,

According to a  California study there is no significant difference in
the calorie-burning power of walking on a {motorized} treadmill versus
walking naturally.

“Two scientific studies were made and data compiled from those studies
comparing the calorie-burning power for three types of walking
exercise; naturally outdoors or indoors, using a motorized treadmill,
and using a non-motorized treadmill. One of the studies was a NEFLI
research study conducted at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse,
and the other study, partially funded by the National Institutes of
Health, was done at the University of California at San Francisco and
Berkeley. While the LaCrosse study compared the calorie burning
potential of a non-motorized treadmill with a motorized treadmill, the
California study compared regular surface walking with walking on a
motorized treadmill.

The results of the LaCrosse study showed that, on average, using a
{non-motorized} treadmill can help people burn as much as 53 percent
more calories than walking on a motorized treadmill at the same speed.
However, the California study showed no significant difference in the
calorie-burning power of walking on a {motorized} treadmill versus
walking naturally. The studies compared average calories burned
walking at 3 miles per hour. Walking naturally, indoors or outdoors,
burned 594 calories, as did walking on a motorized treadmill with no
arm exerciser; but a dramatic 917 calories were burned walking on a
non-motorized treadmill using an arm exerciser.”

Senor Times: Fitness Facts: Burning More Calories

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I hope you find this helpful and if any part of my answer is unclear,
please don't hesitate to ask for clarification.  I'll be happy to be
of further assistance!

Best Regards,
aussiemum-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Great answer. Reasonabley short yet backed with research. Thanks so much!

Subject: Re: Walking vs treadmill
From: bobbie7-ga on 07 Feb 2003 17:24 PST
Thanks for the rating and the genrous tip!
I'm glad to have helped.
Subject: Re: Walking vs treadmill
From: bobbie7-ga on 08 Feb 2003 19:30 PST
Sorry, that should say generous.

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