Does Walking Build Muscle?

Whether you’re a regular gym-goer with constant muscle building in your head, or a fitness tracker with its eyes firmly fixed on those 10,000 daily, you’re sure to have thought: Does walking build muscle? It is, after all, our most regular form of exercise, and for some who have difficulty lifting weights or participating in intense cardio, it is the only form that can be undertaken.

“Walking is primarily viewed as a form of low-intensity cardiovascular exercise,” said Brett Starkowitz, master trainer and chief of education at Ten Health & Fitness. (opens in new tab)† “It generally doesn’t cause significant changes in muscle mass or tone.” Well that’s that then, right? Well, not quite, so don’t stop looking around for the best treadmills (opens in new tab) just.

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