How would you like to burn the same amount of fat and calories by walking rather than running?

Walking can burn just as much as running, but it takes a lot longer to cover the same distance. Burning the same amount of calories and fat in a shorter period of time seems like the better solution – particularly for the busy lifestyle most people lead.

However, according to Jerome Congleton, Ph.D., professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, high impact running is too much for the knees, ankles, hips and low back to handle on a regular basis. Like furniture, your body has a limited lifetime warranty.

To get the high aerobic, low impact exercise that will burn the most calories and fat but have the least negative effects on your body, Congleton recommends walking or using an elliptical machine, which produces smooth strides and no impact on the joints.

Lifting weights without resting in between is another low-impact aerobic exercise. And, swimming can be one of the most aerobic exercises and offers no impact at all.

 Consult your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.