Since tomorrow is Start Walking Day, I wanted to stroll out some tried-and-true tips for getting the most out of your walk. Just because walking is one of the first things we learn to do as humans doesn't mean we don't have more to learn. If you're walking for exercise or if you just want to make your regular walks more fitness filled, here are some tips on making your walk work harder for you.
- Pay attention to your posture. Look straight ahead with your chin parallel to the ground, rather than looking down. Meanwhile, keep your shoulders down and back, away from your ears.
- Activate your abs. Stand up straight so your ribs are stretching away from your hips, and be careful not to lean forward or backward at the waist or puff out your chest. When going downhill, sit back slightly, but keep your weight over your feet.
For three more tips,
- Move your arms. Swing your arms back and forth to burn more calories, and bend at a 90-degree angle when climbing uphill.
- Pick up the pace. To burn serious calories, you should walk at a pace of at least 3.5 miles an hour. A 130-pound woman will burn 236 calories walking for 60 minutes at 4 miles per hour. To speed up, take faster, smaller steps, rather than larger ones.
- Take the hills. If you can, add some incline to your routine to burn even more fat and calories. Health recommends first replacing 25 percent of your walk with small hills, then ramping up from there.