Does it build muscle to walk? | Live Science

Whether you’re a regular exerciser with constant muscle building in mind, or a fitness tracker fan with your eyes fixed on the daily 10,000, you’ll probably have thought, does it build muscle? After all, it is our most common form of exercise, and for someone who may have trouble lifting weights or participating in intense cardio, it is the only form that can be completed.

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