You don’t have to be an avid gym-rat to burn some serious calories during a workout. Walking can be great exercise, but are your walks burning calories? The number of calories you burn during exercise is all dependent on your weight, speed, intensity and the distance of your workout.
So, how can you get a great workout without having to walk for hours on end? Here are five tips that will help get you started!
Tip #1: Don’t Skip Stretching
Stretching is an important way to start off any exercise routine. It keeps your muscles flexible, prepares them for exercise and helps recovery too. Stretching will help you move more freely and enables your body to build more strength while keeping the muscles long and lean.
Tip #2: Say “Yes” to Hills
They may be fierce, but seeking out those hills instead of avoiding them gets your heart rate pumping and helps you really break a sweat. But don’t assume that a steeper incline is the best option. You’ll burn more calories if you can maintain your speed on a moderate hill than if you slow down for a bigger one.
Tip #3: Find a Trail
Trails can be tricky. It takes coordination and stability to avoid roots and debris that make lie on the path. Research finds that exercisers burn 10% more calories when they walk or run outdoors than they do on a treadmill at the same speed.
Tip #4: Take Smaller Steps
You’ll simultaneously boost your speed and the burn when you take faster, shorter steps. Time how long it takes you to walk 100 steps, recover for a minute and then try to shave off a few seconds the next time.
Tip #5: Stand Up Straight
When you’re standing up straight, your back and posterior muscles are able to work more effectively, so you walk faster and nail down those calories. Stand tall with your back straight, keep your ears and shoulders aligned over your hips and you’re good to go.
Walking can be a valuable exercise, but most of us don’t walk fast enough to reap the benefits. These five easy tweaks to your routine can melt off those calories and make the most of your workout.
5 Tips to Burn More Calories Walking