Does walking build muscle? | live science

Whether you’re a regular gym-goer with muscle building constantly in mind, or a fitness tracker aficionado with your eyes fixed on that daily 10,000, you’ve surely thought: Does walking build muscle? After all, it’s our most regular form of exercise, and for some who may have trouble lifting weights or participating in intense aerobic exercise, the only form that can be performed.

“Walking is primarily seen as a form of low-intensity cardiovascular exercise,” says Brett Starkowitz, head coach and head of education at Ten Health & Fitness. (opens in new tab). “It usually doesn’t cause significant changes in muscle mass or tone.” Well that’s it then, right? Well not exactly so don’t stop looking for the best treadmills (opens in new tab) right now.

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