Burn Maximum Calories Walking
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Walking is one of those exercises that seems to get recommended most by doctors and yet, it also is one that gets put on the back burner a lot. However, you shouldn’t write off this low-impact cardiovascular exercise. While walking at a relaxed pace has major health benefits—and for those who are mostly sedentary, it can be a great starting place—it’s not a major calorie burner. If done right it can compliment your fitness routine, maintain weight loss, and help keep you active.
Walking is pretty great! It’s free! Unless, of course, you prefer to use a treadmill and buy one or get a gym membership. There’s no equipment needed. I would invest in a good pair of tennis shoes, though. Walking in the wrong shoes, even at a slow pace, can feel like agony. You don’t want or need that added stress on your feet and joints.
How Can You Burn Maximum Calories On Your Walk?
Keep your core tight. An engaged core while walking is the easiest way to strengthen your abs. Suck in that tummy and hold it, without holding your breath, of course.
Use your arms. With your shoulders relaxed, bend your arms at a 90-degree angle and swing your arms as you walk. You add momentum and help propel yourself forward, burning more calories.
Use the terrain. Seek out the environment in your surrounding area. Hit the hills instead of avoiding them. Even if that means using the same hill a few times. Trails? Trails require more coordination and stability, giving you a better workout.
Add weight. Use a weighted vest or backpack. Don’t go too heavy; your body doesn’t need to much added stress on your joints. Avoid dumbbells and ankle weights, if possible.
Add intervals. While walking your neighborhood, pick up the pace to a jog or run a few times. You can keep it short by just running a block or to the stop sign. You don’t need to run all the time, but a few intervals will get your heart rate up and boost your metabolism. And who knows, you might even find that you might want to add more running into your routine.
Through in some bodyweight exercises. Take advantage of the parks with fitness loops. They have things like chin-up bars and leg presses. Don’t worry if you don’t have one nearby; you can still DIY by stopping a few times and holding a plank, doing some squats and walking lunges.